President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has faced opposition from Republicans over her left-wing views.
However, serious new questions are being raised following allegations that she was involved in a terror plot over three decades ago.
Breitbart reported on Thursday that convicted tree-spiker John P. Blount told E&E News that nominee Tracy Stone-Manning knew “far in advance” about a 1989 sabotage campaign in Idaho’s Clearwater National Forest.
Although Blount said that the Biden nominee was not “heavily involved” in his group’s operation, she did agree to mail a letter on its behalf.
Former federal investigator: “She was the nastiest of the suspects”
Blount is not the only one to speak out, as retired U.S. Forest Service criminal investigator Michael Merkley has written a letter to Senate Committee on Energy Natural Resources Chairman Joe Manchin (D-WV) stating that Stone-Manning was considered a suspect.
Merkley recalled that during his investigation, Stone-Manning proved to be “vulgar” and “antagonistic” and was “extremely difficult to work with.” He added that “she was the nastiest of the suspects.”
Politico reported that during her confirmation hearings, Stone-Manning told Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), “I do not condone tree spiking or terrorism of any kind,” while claiming she had “no involvement” in the practice.
“This new information confirms that Tracy Stone-Manning lied to the committee that she was never a target of an investigation,” the website quoted Barrasso as saying in a statement. “President Biden must withdraw her nomination and if he does not, the Senate must vote it down.”
Stone-Manning testified as part of immunity deal
Despite the new revelations, a spokesperson said that the Biden White House remains committed to seeing Stone-Manning confirmed.
In a statement, Stone-Manning was described as “a dedicated public servant who has years of experience and a proven track record of finding solutions and common ground when it comes to our public lands and waters.”
According to Politico, Stone-Manning ultimately testified against the other eco-terror suspects after reaching an immunity deal with federal authorities.
At trial, she claimed to have sent the group’s letter in order to “make sure that someone was made aware of it so that no one would get hurt.”
“I recall being disturbed with the whole situation and frightened of [one of the men]; I wanted nothing to do with it and did not want anyone to get hurt.”