Blaine Cooper has proffered a deal with federal prosecutors in which he would testify against the five members of the Bundy family, along with 13 others including independent journalist Peter T. Santilli. All of the men have been charged with at 16 federal felonies, and if found guilty could spend 50 years to life in prison.
Cooper called Patriot activist Jaime Spears from a federal detention facility in Nevada to tell her he had decided to make the deal so that he could, “go home to see my children.” It is unknown at this time if prosecutors will accept the proffer, or what concessions they may be prepared to make in exchange for Cooper’s testimony.
The trial is scheduled to begin on February 6th, more than a year since the group was arrested for their activities at the Bundy Ranch Standoff in 2014 and the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in January of 2016 which ended in the death of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum at an ambush set by the FBI and Oregon State Police.
At least 2 members of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team are under investigation by the DOJ’s Office of the Inspector General and the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility for shooting at Finicum from elevated sniper positions, and then lying about having taken the shots to Oregon investigators.
Well-sourced information from inside the Department of Justice indicates that indictments of the HRT snipers are expected to be filed, but the exact charges have yet to be determined.