Cliven Bundy suing Obama, Nevada officials

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Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who led an armed standoff over grazing fees on federal lands, is suing President Obama and Nevada officials in hopes of getting charges against him dismissed.

Bundy’s lawyer will file the complaint Tuesday against Obama; Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.); his son, former Clark County Commission Chairman Rory Reid; and U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro.

{mosads}It alleges that they violated several of his constitutional rights and also asks the court to dismiss his indictment and release him from solitary confinement. His legal team will discuss the action Tuesday, following a detention hearing in Las Vegas.

In February, Bundy was arrested in Portland, Ore., on his way to the wildlife refuge occupation led by his two sons.

His arrest was part of escalated efforts by the FBI to end the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in rural Burns, Ore., about a six-hour drive from Portland in the eastern part of the state.

Bundy came to national attention after drawing scores of armed militiamen to Nevada to ward off federal authorities after a fight over grazing fees.

Bundy has for years grazed cattle on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management, racking up more than $1 million in unpaid grazing fees, fines and related costs. He refuses to recognize federal authority over the land.

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