‘If I Had The Opportunity … I Would Do It Again Exactly The Same Way’: Trump Pardons Former Border Patrol Agent Gary Brugman

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President Donald Trump issued 26 pardons Dec. 23, including one for former border patrol agent Gary Brugman.

Brugman was convicted in 2002 of basic deprivation of rights after he was accused of knocking an illegal immigrant to the ground before “striking” another illegal immigrant with his hand, according to the Texas Tribune.

Brugman was driving with his mother when he received a call from a White House representative that he was getting pardoned.

“My mom thought somebody died,” he told the Daily Caller’s Brianna Lyman, noting that he broke down when he heard the news that he was receiving a pardon. (RELATED: President Trump Pardons Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Jared Kushner’s Dad In Second Pardon Spree)


Brugman spent more than two years in prison for his actions, though Brugman has defended his actions.

“If I had the opportunity to do it again, I would do it again exactly the same way,” he told the Daily Caller.

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