Biden’s Interior Sec. Admits Tree-Spiking Nominee Was a Terrorist; Still Deems ‘Qualified’

'Senator, what I will say is that I, as secretary of the Interior, am not personally hiring anyone...'

During a recent budgetary hearing, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., pressed Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland about Bureau of Land Management nominee Tracy Stone–Manning’s history with tree spiking and other forms of eco-terrorism.

An investigator called into question the nomination of Stone–Manning to lead the bureau after revealing she was the target of a federal probe concerning her radical activism.

In a letter to Barrasso, retired investigator Michael Merkley said that Stone–Manning was an active member of Earth First, which planted trees with spikes to make it dangerous or deadly to harvest the trees for lumber.

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

Secretary Haaland refused to take responsibility for the Biden nominee’s political positions, offering only vaguely worded replies to Barrasso’s questions.

“I have some short questions for you,” began Barrasso during the budget hearing. “If you could please respond briefly. The first has to do with tree spiking, where people drive metal spikes into trees. Can tree spiking kill or maim loggers and mill workers?”

“Senator, I imagine so,” Haaland equivocated. “I was not familiar with that practice until recently.”

When asked if the practice of tree-spiking was crime, Haaland was equally non-responsive, saying that she couldn’t say “for sure” if tree spiking was a crime, but she could “imagine” it would be dangerous.

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

Tree-spiking was implicated in a 1987 case, in which a 23-year-old mill worker was maimed, according to the Washington Post.

When pressed if individuals “who plan or otherwise are involved in tree-spiking incidents and threaten physical safety of federal officials” should be hired by the Department of the Interior, Haaland simply claimed that decision was above her pay grade.

“Senator, I believe you’re referring to the nominee, Tracy Stone–Manning,” said Haaland. “I also recognize that she was nominated by President Biden because he felt she could do the job and that she was qualified.”

Barrasso then laid out Stone–Manning’s extremist views. They included looking at children as an environmental danger and advocating the burning of houses built in forests. Haaland denied any knowledge of the Stone–Manning statements, saying she hadn’t “heard all of these statements.”

“You wouldn’t necessarily want to hire an employee in a land-management position who agrees or puts forth these statements about ‘satisfying justice’ about letting houses burn or ‘children as environmental hazards,’” asked Barrasso finally.

Once again Haaland claimed the decision was above her pay grade.

“Senator, what I will say is that I, as secretary of the Interior, am not personally hiring anyone. I believe that is a team effort and I know that the Senate plays a very large role in any of these positions as well,” Haaland concluded.

Barrasso previously said that Stone–Manning “has no business leading the Bureau of Land Management.”

That judgment was shared by Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho.

“Tracy Stone–Manning lied on her ethics paperwork to the U.S. Senate that she had never been the subject of a criminal investigation,” said Risch.

“She doubled down on that lie—and added a new one that she had no knowledge of the 1989 tree spiking plot—in written responses to the U.S. Senate.”

- Advertisement -


Blue-State AGs Warn Biden to Treat Haitians ‘Better’ Based on ‘Whips’ Lie

New York Attorney General Letitia James and 17 Democrat attorneys general co-signed a letter to President Joe Biden and his administration reprimanding him for...

NIMBY: Arizonans Favor Helping Afghanis; Just Don’t Move Them to Arizona

(Cole Lauterbach, The Center Square) Arizona voters predominantly are welcoming of their new neighbors who fled a Taliban takeover of their home country but are...

SCHIFF: Criminal Contempt for Trump Officials Who Don’t Help Jan. 6th Committee

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Commitee, floated possible criminal contempt charges for those who refuse to cooperate with the Jan....

Maricopa County Auditors Conclude: ‘Election Should Not Be Certified’

The Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday released a 110-page forensic audit report on the 2020 presidential election, and the auditors concluded in an...

Biden Could Owe More Than $500K in Back Taxes

President Joe Biden could owe more than $500,000 in back taxes, according to a new report published by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service. In 2019,...

Texas Migrant Camp Finally Empty, Haitians Await Word On Their Fate

(Associated Press) No migrants are left at a Texas border encampment, about a week after nearly 15,000 people — most of them Haitians —...

CDC: Afghanis Potentially Spreading Infectious Diseases

(Bethany Blankley, The Center Square) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that medical professionals and clinicians be on alert for...

New Non-Laptop Emails Show More Hunter Biden Ties to China

President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, attempted to acquire an annual $2-million retainer to aid in the recovery of Libyan assets frozen by President...

88-Year-Old Chuck Grassley Will Seek Re-Election to Senate Seat

(Associated Press) Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the longest-serving Republican senator, said Friday that he will seek an eighth term in 2022, giving the party more...
- Advertisement -