There’s a lot more in the vault that we thought we know… Biden’s people starting to reveal its true colors to the public.
The nominee to lead the federal Bureau of Land Management picked by President Joe Biden himself was caught lying about her involvement in a 1989 plot to spike trees.
The lead Forest Service investigator of the eco-terrorist plot involving President Biden’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) director nominee sent a letter to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Wednesday pushing back against Tracy Stone-Manning’s testimony.
“Spikes are buried in the tree wood so that when a saw hits them, the equipment shatters and sends shards of metal flying — a tactic that often severely injures loggers,” The Washington Post post reported. “Tree spiking is an “‘eco-terrorist’s tactic” used against loggers and others in the forest-related industry,” the report concluded.
A legal immunity was given to Stone-Manning in 1993 to testify against fellow environmental activist John Blount. All Tracy Stone-Manning’s connection to the practice has been well-documented.
Around 500 pounds of tree spikes awaited loggers in an Idaho forest according to an anonymous letter sent to the Forest Service from Stone-Manning during her appearance in the court in 1989.
She claimed then, and during her confirmation hearing, that she opposed tree spiking and acted under duress in sending the letter.
However, retired Forest Service Special Agent Michael Merkley wrote in a letter to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that Stone-Manning “was an active member of the original group that planned the spiking.”
She was “not an innocent bystander, nor was she a victim in this case. And, she most certainly was not a hero.”
Merkley’s letter said that a witness “recounted a conversation she had overheard wherein Ms. Stone-Manning along with other co-conspirators planned the tree-spiking and discussed whether to use ceramic or metal spikes in the trees.”
The letter said Stone-Manning only testified to avoid prosecution.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that based on the pile of lies told by Stone-Manning, the nominee is unfit, according to Fox News.
“We now know that President Biden’s nominee to run the Bureau of Land Management lied to the Senate about her alleged participation in eco-terrorism,” McConnell said. “The White House should immediately withdraw her nomination.”
A letter from Republicans on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources made a similar point.
“Ms. Stone-Manning has made false and misleading statements in a sworn statement to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Committee) regarding her activities associated with an eco-terrorist cell whose tree spiking in Idaho’s Clearwater National Forest in 1989 put lives at risk,” the senators wrote.
“We believe that Ms. Stone-Manning’s false and misleading statements, as well as her extremist activities, disqualify her from serving as Director of this important agency,” the letter said.
Tracy Stone-Manning lied to the Senate ENR Committee by claiming the tree spiking was “alleged” & that she was never investigated. Now, we have confirmation that neither of those things are true. @POTUS must withdraw her nomination. https://t.co/b327LoPnvm
— Sen. John Barrasso (@SenJohnBarrasso) June 28, 2021
“She told the committee she had never been the subject of an investigation and yet complained about being investigated in the press,” Republican Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming said, according to Fox News.
“Tracy Stone-Manning lied to the Senate ENR Committee by claiming the tree spiking was ‘alleged’ & that she was never investigated. Now, we have confirmation that neither of those things are true,” the senator wrote on Twitter. “POTUS must withdraw her nomination.”
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