Three men known as Cliven Bundy supporters thought they were being interviewed by a film crew. It turns out it was the FBI.
It’s the new development in the federal trial against the supporters of the Bunkerville rancher.
On Thursday, interviews were played of three defendants recorded for what they thought was a documentary called “America Reloaded.”
The interviews turned out to be a part of the federal case against them because the film crew was made up of undercover FBI agents.
During the interview with defendant Gregory Burleson, he said he was ready to kill federal agents, that he helped organize the standoff against them and showed up with guns and ammunition, and was disappointed things ended without blood.
Burleson was also recorded saying he wanted to put federal agents six feet under because he believed they were breaking the law and abusing their authority.
It was revealed in court earlier this week, Burleson had previously been a paid FBI informant.
Burleson and two other defendants described their version of events surrounding the armed standoff in Bunkerville nearly three years ago.
Rancher Cliven Bundy led the fight against the federal government when the Bureau of Land Management tried to remove his cattle which were illegally grazing on public land.
Six men are on trial now, accused of conspiring with Bundy and others and pointing weapons at federal agents.
The cattle roundup which was the main reason for the standoff was court ordered.
The government has faced criticism in the past for going undercover as the media. Some say it puts journalists in danger.
Cliven Bundy and his sons are also facing charges. The trial against them is expected to start after the current one.