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Mitch McConnell Joins Other Republicans Calling on Biden to Withdraw Bureau of Land Management Nominee Tracy Stone-Manning

Mitch McConnell Joins Other Republicans Calling on Biden to Withdraw Bureau of Land Management Nominee Tracy Stone-Manning

“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”

Tracy Stone-Manning, Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Bureau of Land Management, was involved with eco-terrorists in the 1990s and agreed with a policy limiting the number of children for American families.

She is an awful choice to lead such an agency, and Mitch McConnell has finally joined other Republicans in saying it.

Rachel Frazin reports at The Hill:

McConnell calls for withdrawal of Biden public lands nominee

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is joining a chorus of Republicans calling on the White House to withdraw President Biden’s pick to lead the Bureau of Land Management over a decades-old tree spiking incident.

Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination has drawn GOP scrutiny because of a letter she sent in 1989 threatening tree spiking. She has denied further involvement.

“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 in a statement to The Hill, apparently referring to a Senate questionnaire in which she said she did not believe she was ever the target of a law enforcement investigation.

“The White House should immediately withdraw her nomination,” he added.

In the weeks since Stone-Manning was put forth as a nominee, more information about her past has come out.

Andrew Kerr reports at the Daily Caller:

Lead Investigator Comes Forward, Says Biden’s BLM Nominee Was ‘Extremely Anti-Government’ And Actively Involved In 1989 Eco-Terrorism Incident

A retired criminal investigator for the Forest Service who served as the lead investigator into a 1989 tree spiking case in Idaho revealed Wednesday that President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management was actively involved in the planning of the eco-terrorism incident.

The investigator, Michael Merkley, said in a letter obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation that Stone-Manning was “extremely difficult to work with; in fact, she was the nastiest of the suspects” during the initial stages of his investigation in 1989.

“She was vulgar, antagonistic and extremely anti-government,” Merkley said.

Merkley said that Stone-Manning refused to answer any questions when she was subpoenaed by a federal grand jury in 1989. Her refusal to cooperate with his investigation set the case back by many years, according to Merkely.

“Eventually, after further investigation, I discovered that she had known all along who had perpetrated the crimes,” he said.

Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) was one of the first to raise concerns about Stone-Manning. His instincts were correct:

There has got to be a better choice for this position than Stone-Manning.


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No congressional representative – of any party – can justify voting for a candidate who misleads and lies to Congress. And is blatantly caught doing so. It would set a terrible precedent.

Even aside from that disqualifier – she is a horrible choice to lead this agency.

You have to wonder what the Biden administration was thinking. For some of their nominations – it seems they were dead-set on just choosing the WORST candidate.

If her nomination is withdrawn, she’ll probably end up like the first nominee to OMB, Neera Tanden: Hired for a job that doesn’t require Senate confirmation. If she’s treated the same way, that job will be in the White House.

    Ben Kent in reply to p. | July 17, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    Difference is that Neera did not lie to Congress. Biden Admin has already spent political capital on silly endeavors. They cannot afford to up the ante to stupid. THey do not have a wide enough margin in Congress to justify stupid.

      We’ll have to agree to disagree. I’m enough of a cynic to think that if Stone-Manning’s nomination is withdrawn, the WH will give her a cushy landing somewhere, and likely where dealing with Congress is not in the job description.

        henrybowman in reply to p. | July 17, 2021 at 10:46 pm

        If there’s a remake of Stephen King’s “Misery” in the mill in Tinseltown, she’s got nothing to worry about.

      henrybowman in reply to Ben Kent. | July 17, 2021 at 7:47 pm

      The Biden admin doesn’t care about political capital. They just have the MSM print more for them to spend, the same way they do with actual capital at Treasury.

henrybowman | July 17, 2021 at 7:44 pm

“Not only did Tracy Stone-Manning collaborate with eco-terrorists, she also helped plan the tree spiking in Clearwater National Forest.”

Gee, thanks, John and Mitch. You guys are on the ball.

When will you Tweet something similar about BATF-nominee David Chipman, who participated in the arson and massacre of 76 men, women, and children at Mount Carmel in Waco?

I mean, trees are nice, and lumberjacks certainly deserve protection, but a little perspective goes a long way.

What should happen or should have already happened is for her to be sued into oblivion but the lumberjacks who were put in real or potential danger by her actions.

The Packetman | July 18, 2021 at 8:46 am

Now do David ‘I-lost-my-service-weapon-and-lied-to-the-senate-about-it’ Chipman …

E Howard Hunt | July 18, 2021 at 11:02 am

Just one look