Jailed cattle rancher Cliven Bundy claims President Barack Obama, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid and others have stifled his constitutional rights as he sits in solitary confinement on charges stemming from a 2014 federal standoff, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
Bundy, 70, is seeking $50 million for the “illegal, unconstitutional, intentional and malicious acts” of the defendants, and wants an indictment against him quashed and his immediate release from jail in Portland, Oregon.
Bundy added that he’s been in solitary since his arrest earlier this year — which constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment,” claims the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Nevada.
Bundy also wants federal Judge Gloria Navarro, named as another defendant, removed from the criminal case and for politically conservative attorney Larry Klayman to help defend him in Nevada.
Bundy, who has pleaded not guilty, was indicted for inciting the standoff, along with two of his sons and two others.
The complaint lays out a conspiracy against Bundy perpetrated by Obama, Reid, Navarro and Reid’s son, Rory Reid, who unsuccessfully ran for Nevada governor in 2010.
Bundy alleges Reid used “the equivalent of federal storm-troopers” against Bundy’s “peaceful cowboys,” and that Reid wanted Bundy gone so that he could seize his land and then sell it to the Chinese.
In the suit, Bundy also takes issue with Obama, who had alluded to the rancher in jokes that he made during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in May 2014.
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