The New York Times reports that during Tuesday morning's media briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that Trump had pardoned the Hammonds.
“The Hammonds are multi-generation cattle ranchers in Oregon imprisoned in connection with a fire that leaked onto a small portion of neighboring public grazing land,” said Sanders. “The Hammonds are devoted family men, respected contributors to their local community, and have widespread support from their neighbors, local law enforcement, and farmers and ranchers across the West.”
Reporters Eileen Sullivan and Julie Turkewitz of the Times write, "The pardons appear to represent the Trump administration’s support of ranchers in the battle over federal lands and also undo an Obama administration appeal to impose longer sentences for the Hammonds."
Trump pardoned 2 Oregon ranchers who were convicted of arson. The case set off an armed occupation of a wildlife refuge in 2016. https://t.co/2EwAJuMVIW— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 10, 2018