Watchdog Group Files Interior IG Complaint Over Tracy Stone-Manning’s Apparent Lie To Congress

Tristan Justice, The Federalist

A government watchdog group filed a complaint with the inspector general’s office at the U.S. Department of the Interior on Tuesday arguing that newly confirmed Bureau of Land Management Director Tracy Stone-Manning violated the False Statements Act.

The transparency nonprofit Protect the Public’s Trust took issue with Stone-Manning’s seemingly deliberate misrepresentation of her role in a 1989 tree spiking case, a form of ecoterrorism wherein far-left environmental activists jammed metal rods into trees targeted for harvest. Once processed for logging, the rods shred the saws and explode into deadly projectiles meant to instill fear among those in the timber industry. In 1987, a 23-year-old millworker lost teeth and part of his cheek and jaw when an 11-inch spike driven into a tree shattered a large bandsaw he operated.

When asked on a standard questionnaire by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources whether she had “ever been investigated, arrested, or charged” in any law violation “other than a minor traffic offense,” Stone-Manning wrote no.

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