(Las Vegas Sun) Three months after he helped broker an end to a standoff between federal agents and self-ascribed militia members supporting Clark County rancher Cliven Bundy, Sheriff Doug Gillespie is talking publicly about how what started as a cattle roundup nearly led to a bloodbath in his jurisdiction.
And Gillespie lays as much blame on the feds as he does on Bundy and his supporters.
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In a meeting Wednesday with the Sun’s editorial board, Gillespie said he initially agreed to a request from Bureau of Land Management officials to assist in the roundup of Bundy’s cattle from public lands after Bundy’s refusal to pay federal grazing fees. But when he learned the feds weren’t being truthful with him and he saw they weren't going to listen to his advice, he told them he wouldn't send his officers to Bundy's ranch near Bunkerville.