Tristan Justice, The Federalist
The nominee’s trial in committee was made all the more complicated by her claim to have never been the subject of a government investigation. When asked in a standard questionnaire whether she had “ever been investigated, arrested, charged by any federal, state, or local law enforcement authority for the violation of any federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance, other than a minor traffic offense,” Stone-Manning wrote no.
Yet she had even complained about the tree spiking investigation to the local press in 1990.
“It was degrading. It changed my awareness of the power of the government,” she told the Spokesman-Review. “Yes, this is happening to me and not someone in Panama. And yes, the government does do bad things sometimes.”