A government watchdog organization on Tuesday filed a complaint with the Interior Department’s office of inspector general alleging that the new director of the Bureau of Land Management, Tracy Stone-Manning, lied to Congress during her recent confirmation hearing testimony.
“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,” Just the News reported.
The BLM director told the committee she has “never been arrested or charged and to my knowledge, I have never been the target of such an investigation,” after she was asked about her criminal history.
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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.
The group thinks Stone-Manning may have been aware in advance of a conspiracy to commit eco-terrorist acts and that the resulting investigation did in fact “target” her.
According to the group, some pieces of evidence suggest that Stone-Manning received a “target letter” from a grand jury, which, if true, would mean she was untruthful in her response to Congress.