Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is pressuring President Biden to withdraw his nomination for head of the Bureau of Land Management, Tracy Stone-Manning, over his alleged involvement in an eco-terrorist conspiracy.
“We now know that President Biden’s candidate to run the Bureau of Land Management lied to the Senate about his alleged involvement in eco-terrorism,” McConnell said in a statement. “The White House must withdraw its nomination immediately.”
The Kentucky Republican’s call to cancel his nomination came in the wake of reports from Stone-Manning, who previously served as Montana’s top environmental regulator, allegedly aimed at derailing logging efforts in the 1980s by “tree -spiking” operation.
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McConnell’s remarks echo those of Republicans on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, who recently sent a letter to Biden calling for his nomination to be reconsidered, calling the panel on Stone-Manning “false and misleading statements in a sworn statement.” “Alleged giving
GOP senators noted that Stone-Manning said in a questionnaire that she had never been the target of a federal, state or local criminal investigation during the confirmation process.
Former US Forest Service investigator Michael Merkle, who was involved in the investigation of the tree-spiking case, disputed Stone-Manning’s account, alleging that he helped plan the 1989 spiking incident while he was in graduate school. She was associated with the environmental group Earth First.
According to Merkle, she later testified in 1993 against those involved in the conspiracy and was granted legal immunity to testify that she sent an anonymous letter on behalf of her former roommate to the US Forest Service saying that 500 The pound spikes were jammed. In the trees in Idaho.
“She was aware that she was being investigated in 1989 and again in 1993, when she agreed to an immunity agreement with the government to avoid criminal prosecution,” she said in a letter sent to the panel, she said, adding, “Stone-Manning was not. An innocent bystander, nor was she a victim in the case.
“Let me be clear. Ms. Stone-Manning only came forward after her attorney signed the defense agreement, not before she was caught,” Merkle written in a letter to the committee.
“She never came ahead of her own will, and she never came forward completely,” he wrote.
Despite the GOP’s concerns, the Biden administration stands by its nominee.