An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Attorneys, Bundys Release New Videos Pleading With Occupiers To Surrender

By Amanda Peacher (OPB) and John Sepulvado (OPB)
Jan. 30, 2016 4:47 a.m.
Ammon Bundy Urges Holdouts To Stand Down

"This was never meant to be an armed standoff," Ammon Bundy told remaining occupiers in a phone call with his wife.

Posted by Oregon Public Broadcasting- OPB on Saturday, January 30, 2016

OPB has obtained two videos of Lisa Bundy and Ammon Bundy speaking to the remaining militants inside the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

In the videos, the couple asks David Fry, husband and wife Sean and Sandy Anderson, and Jeff Banta to leave the refuge.

"This was never meant to be an armed standoff," Ammon Bundy said in the newly released video. "Please do not make it about something it wasn't supposed to be. Go home to your families."

"To those at the refuge please stand down," Bundy said from the Multnomah County Detention Center.

The videos are yet another attempt by the Bundys to convince the militants to leave.

On Friday, a federal judge denied Bundy bail because the occupation is ongoing.


Attorneys Mike Arnold and Lissa Casey and Ammon Bundy's wife, Lisa Bundy, spoke directly to the occupiers in the second video.

Arnold told the occupiers that he had attempted to reach them by phone Friday.

"We wanted to reach out and answer any questions that you may have," said Arnold.

"You're going to do what you're going to do, but we thought it would be a good opportunity to talk on the phone, look each other in the eyes, and see if we can at least communicate," he told the occupiers.

Arnold said that the FBI had told him certain things about the occupiers' safe passage from the refuge, and he asked the militants to reach out to him so he could confirm those details with the occupiers directly.

Ammon Bundy's wife Lisa Bundy also pleaded with the four remaining militants to stand down in the video.

“Guys, I know that you’re probably scared, and I understand that, because I am too," Lisa Bundy said. “The fight is done there. You educated. That was the goal — to educate, educate educate.”

Attorneys, Bundys Plead With Holdouts To Surrender

In videos obtained by OPB, Ammon Bundy and his wife, Lisa, urge occupiers to surrender. "I know you're scared because I am too," Lisa said.

Posted by Oregon Public Broadcasting- OPB on Friday, January 29, 2016

She also said that they all now needed to trust in “God’s will.”

“We believe this is where it’s supposed to be at, this is the plan,” said Lisa Bundy.  “You have to help us move forward with the plan.”

Earlier this week, Lisa Bundy released an audio recording to the Oregonian, also urging an end to the occupation, now in its 28th day.

Lisa Bundy has changed her position on the occupation over the past week.

Shortly after her husband was arrested, she wrote on the Bundy Ranch Facebook page, "Ammon would not have called for the patriots to leave. We have lost a life but we are not backing down. He didn't spill his life in vain. Hold your ground…ranchers come and stand!"

The life she referred to was militant spokesman LaVoy Finicum, who was killed by officers during an arrest operation earlier this week.