President Biden’s nominee to serve as the head of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) “collaborated with eco-terrorists” in a tree spiking plot before trading her court testimony for legal immunity, according to court documents reviewed by Fox News.
Democrats and the Biden administration are constantly talking about how concerned they are about domestic terrorism. They claim that it’s a very real threat.
And yet, Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management is accused of working with eco-terrorists in the 1990s.
According to Fox News reports:
In 1993, Biden’s nominee to head up BLM, Tracy Stone-Manning, was granted legal immunity for her testimony that she retyped and sent an anonymous letter to the U.S. Forest Service on behalf of John P. Blount, her former roommate, and friend, those documents reveal.
The letter told the Forest Service that 500 pounds of “spikes measuring 8 to 10 inches in length” had been jammed into the trees of an Idaho forest.” The sales were marked so that no workers would be injured and so that you a-holes know that they are spiked,” read the letter obtained by Fox News. “The majority of the trees were spiked within the first ten feet, but many, many others were spiked as high as a hundred and fifty feet.”
“P.S., You bastards go in there anyway and a lot of people could get hurt,” the note concluded.
Tree spiking is a dangerous and violent eco-terrorism tactic where metal rods are inserted into trees to prevent them from being cut down. The metal rods damage saws that, in turn, have severely injured people, such as a mill worker whose jaw was split in two from an exploding saw.
Tracy Stone-Manning is a domestic terrorist. That the Biden Admin seriously proposed her for BureauLM shows what he thinks of the workers whose lives she put in jeopardy. @LeaderMcConnell should use every power to stop her nomination. https://t.co/VK91B1Y1ij
— Daniel Turner (@DanielTurnerPTF) June 15, 2021
Stone-Manning admitted to mailing the letter for Blount in 1989 after receiving the letter from him but said she was unaware the spiking had occurred until reading it.
The nominee testified that she was “somewhat shocked” by the letter but rented a typewriter regardless and retyped the letter “pretty much word-for-word.” Stone-Manning said she slept on the idea of mailing the letter and followed through the next day.
An administration source who was briefed on the matter but not authorized to speak on the record told Fox News on Tuesday that Stone-Manning has been candid about her testimony and that she does not condone actions that could harm others.
“Thirty years ago, Tracy testified against someone who had attempted to cause harm by spiking trees,” the source said. “She had been approached by a man with a warning letter, which she sent to the U.S. Forest Service because she did not want anyone to get hurt.”
“She has always been honest and transparent about this matter, which has been covered by the media for decades, and ultimately testified against the responsible individual, who was convicted,” they continued. “She has spent her adult life and career achieving cooperative solutions to western land and water challenges, and has never condoned any action that could lead to injury to anyone.”
In a statement to Fox News, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee ranking member John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said Stone-Manning “collaborated with eco-terrorists” and that doing so “clearly disqualifies” her from confirmation.
“She worked with extreme environmental activists who spiked trees, threatening the lives and livelihoods of loggers,” Barrasso said. “While she was given immunity from prosecution to testify against her companions in court, her actions were disgraceful. This disqualifies her from serving as the next director of the Bureau of Land Management.”
In a Tuesday statement, Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, echoed Barrasso’s sentiments, saying Stone-Manning “colluded with eco-terrorists who conducted extremist operations that aimed to maim and kill Idaho’s loggers and sawmill workers.”
“Now she’s nominated to lead the largest land management agency in America,” Risch continued. “We cannot ask Bureau of Land Management employees to serve under a director who aided those who endangered the land users they work on behalf of each day.”
A spokesperson for Barrasso aimed Stone-Manning’s written committee testimony, saying the “trees were spiked” and not an allegation as well as that the BLM nominee “did not disclose she had received immunity to testify.”