Alternate Trump delegate arrested on federal charges

Greg Nash

A New Hampshire man in line to attend the Republican National Convention as a Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPoll: Clinton more trusted on terrorism than Trump Obama: Trump ‘embodies global elites’ Obama warns against ‘hysteria’ over Brexit MORE delegate has been jailed on charges relating to the 2014 standoff in Nevada over federal land ownership.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the GOP presidential front-runner's campaign had tapped Jerry DeLemus as an alternate delegate for New Hampshire. But DeLemus is facing nine charges related to the standoff in which armed ranchers, led by Cliven Bundy, tried to force the federal government to give up its claims to grazing fees on federal lands. 

DeLemus is currently in jail, and he would only be called upon to go to the convention if one of the initial delegates is unable to attend. A Trump spokeswoman told the newspaper she did not know whether DeLemus would remain as an alternate.  

The Journal had previously reported that Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was also chosen as one of Trump's main delegates for New Hampshire. 

Trump currently leads the GOP delegate race, with 739 delegates; his closest rival, Ted CruzTed CruzTrump hires ex-Cruz aide as communications director Overnight Tech: Judiciary leaders question internet transition plan | Clinton to talk tech policy | Snowden's robot | Trump's big digital push Kasich doesn't expect to speak at convention MORE, has 465. 

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