The US Senate approved the nomination of accused environmental-terrorist Tracy Stone-Manning to head the Bureau of Land Management in overcoming Republican opposition by calling on Clotter to end the debate.
The Senate voted 50–48 along party lines. Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) did not vote.
The extent of Stone-Manning’s involvement in eco-terrorism has been the subject of significant controversy.
In written testimony to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Stone-Manning stated that as a graduate student at the University of Montana “he had no involvement in tree spiking”, claiming that he only retyped and Sent a written warning to America. The Forest Service of fellow worker John Blount about an act of tree spiking in Idaho’s Post Office Timber Cell, after which he worked with his attorney to gain immunity to testify at Blount and others’ trial.
But the USDA Forest Service agent who investigated that tree-cutting incident, Michael Merkle, disagrees.
In a letter to the same committee, he claimed that Blount’s one-time girlfriend, Guenever Lilburne, told Merkle that Stone-Manning had helped plan the tree’s spiking, even Had considered whether to use metal or ceramic spikes. Merkle added that “Ms. Stone-Manning came forward only after her lawyer made an immunity deal, and not before she was caught.”
A woman who appears to be Lilburn has not responded to repeated requests for comment from The Epoch Times.
Merkle has also argued that Stone-Manning violated several federal laws, including by reducing her participation during nomination hearings before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
“While writing threatening letters to the Forest Service, she was aiding and abetting those who had committed crimes against the United States. When she hid her knowledge of the crime for three years and during the investigation intentionally obstructed, he made himself an assistant after the fact,” Merkle wrote in a September 30 Fox News op-ed.
“By not reporting the crime immediately or revealing what she knew about what was involved, she concealed a felony. She herself hid herself in the United States when she planned to mail the threatening letter to the Forest Service.” Involved in a conspiracy against. Sending letters through the US Postal Service was also a crime.
John Barrasso (R.-Wyo.), ranking member of Energy and Natural Resources, expressed his strong opposition to Stone-Manning’s nomination in remarks before the full Senate, citing Stone-Manning’s statements on eco-terrorism. beyond his comments.
“She has written articles and a graduate thesis supporting the idea of human population control,” Barrasso said.
“And a year ago, she tweeted an article in which her husband asked for houses built in the woods – to be allowed to burn during a fire.”
Barrasso later said, “Tracy Stone-Manning is a dangerous choice to be in charge of America’s public lands, and each senator who votes to confirm her will be held personally responsible for that vote.”
Democrats expressed their support for Stone-Manning on the floor, including Sen. John Tester (D.-Mont.), who said that “Tracy Stone-Manning did nothing wrong” directly following Barrasso’s comments. before answering.
“Character killing is not something we should put in this body,” Tester said. “God only knows what we can find if we look to the past of every person who serves here.”
“But I’m here to tell you, to listen to a Wyoming senator and say, ‘We’re going to hold every Democrat accountable’ — you’re right. Hold me accountable to Tracy Stone-Manning.”
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