Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden meets with Merkel in German leader’s latest official trip to Washington Watchdog files FEC complaint against super PACs linked to congressional leaders The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Goldman Sachs – Biden brings Senate Dems behind mammoth spending plan MORE (R-Ky.) Joins a Choir of Republicans Calling on the White House to Retire President BidenJoe BidenJ.D. Scholten: The Democratic Party ‘gets blown out of the water’ by not connecting with the electorate. Children Under 12 May Be Able to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine in Winter: Georgia Secretary of State Reports Encourage Fulton County Electoral Officers to Be Fired MOREchooses to head the Bureau of Land Management over a decades-old tree-tipped incident.
Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination has drawn GOP control because of a letter she sent in 1989 in which she threatened the tip of a tree. She has denied further involvement.
“We now know that President Biden’s candidate to head the Bureau of Land Management lied to the Senate about her alleged involvement in eco-terrorism,” McConnell said in a statement to The Hill, apparently referring to a Senate questionnaire in which she said , that she did not think she was ever the target of a law enforcement investigation.
“The White House should immediately withdraw its nomination,” he added.
McConnell’s opposition to the nominee was earlier reported by E&E News on Thursday. Wood-spiking involves laying metal rods or materials in trees, such as can cause injuries, to prevent logging.
In the 1990s, Stone-Manning testified in court that she re-entered it and sent the tree-tip letter after an activist asked her to do so.
She said at the time that she was unaware that the tree tip had happened before she was handed the letter she wrote again and that she eventually decided to send it because she did not want anyone to be hurt.
“This letter is being sent to inform you that post office sales have been sharply sharpened. The reason for this action is that this piece of land is very special to the land, ”said the message in question. “Bastards go in anyway, and a lot of people can get hurt.”
Stone-Manning also said in response to written questions from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that she “was not involved in nailing trees.”
She also said she had agreed to work with authorities on the issue and that her lawyer had advised her to seek immunity.
However, the committee Republicans on Thursday released a letter they said was from an investigator in the case, claiming that a grand jury sent Stone-Manning a “target letter” stating that she would be prosecuted but that she hired a lawyer who negotiated an immunity agreement.
Earlier this week, the panel’s 10 Republicans also asked the administration to withdraw her nomination.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration is stuck with the Stone-Manning nomination. Asked about McConnell’s opposition, both the White House and Home Office referred The Hill to earlier statements in support of the nominee.
“Tracy Stone-Manning is a dedicated public servant who has many years of experience and documented experience in finding solutions and common ground when it comes to our public countries and waters. She is exceptionally qualified to … be the next director of the Bureau of Land Management, ”a White House official said in an email Thursday.
Alexander Bolton contributed.