Things keep getting worse for Tracy Stone-Manning, President Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management.
If confirmed, Stone-Manning would head an agency that the BLM says is tasked with managing 245 million acres of public land and 700 million acres of underground mineral property.
But their ties to a 1989 treetop plan have sparked fierce Republican opposition.
In return for immunity, she testified that she typed and sent an anonymous letter to the U.S. Forest Service on behalf of John P. Blount, her former roommate and friend. The letter told Forest Service that 500 pounds of “spikes 8 to 10 inches long” had been rammed into trees in an Idaho forest.
Senate Republican Chairman Mitch McConnell and all Republicans on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee have urged Biden to withdraw their nomination.
The nominees’ written responses to the senators have raised questions about their veracity.
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In her first round of written responses, she denied ever having been the target of a criminal investigation – but her own previous statements, as well as those of the investigator in charge in the case, directly contradict that claim.
“She told the committee that she had never been the subject of an investigation and still complained that she was being investigated in the press,” Wyoming Senator John Barrasso, the top Republican on the committee, previously told Fox News.
In her written responses to follow-up questions from Senators reviewed by Fox News, Stone-Manning said she had no “personal knowledge” of a tree-topped property in her lifetime.
But one of the two men convicted of the Tree Spike Plan in 1989 told E&E News that Stone-Manning actually knew about the plan. However, the other man convicted of the conspiracy said she was unaware of the conspiracy in advance.
In 1989, a few months before the tree top, Stone-Manning sponsored an environmental festival that included a “tree-spiking competition,” according to the Montana Caiman Archives, verified by Fox News. This revelation has not yet been reported.
Tree tops are dangerous and violent Eco-terrorism Tactic of sticking metal poles into trees to keep them from being felled. The metal bars damage saws, which in turn have seriously injured people, such as a mill worker whose jaws in two pieces from an exploding saw.
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Stone-Manning’s views on population control also raised eyebrows. In her thesis, she argued that Americans must participate in population control to protect the environment.
So far, the White House has stood by its contested candidate.
Fox News’ Houston Keene contributed to the coverage