Watchdog groups files complaint with Interior, alleging newly installed director lied to Congress

Tracy Stone-Manning, the director of the Bureau of Land Management, may have misrepresented facts about a criminal investigation into an eco-terrorism conspiracy with which she was involved

Sophie Mann, Just the News

A government watchdog group Tuesday filed a complaint with the Office of Inspector General of the Interior Department alleging Tracy Stone-Manning, the director of the Bureau of Land Management, lied to Congress during her recent testimony before Congress.

The Protect the Public’s Trust complaint raises concerns about whether Stone-Manning violated the False Statements Act during her testimony to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Stone-Manning told that panel she has “never been arrest or charged and to my knowledge I have never been the target of such an investigation,” when asked about her criminal history. 

Protect the Public’s Trust points out her response appears designed to “willfully and knowingly misrepresent and/or conceal her involvement” with an eco-terrorism conspiracy. According to PPT, publicly available information indicates that the nominee had been investigated and required to provide fingerprints, palm prints and handwriting samples to a grand jury.

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