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Tracy Stone Manning was investigated by Watchdog for possible lies to Congress.

Tracy Stone Manning is now head of the Bureau of Land Management, but that doesn’t mean her involvement in the 1989 tree-planting plot ended the commotion.

The Protect the Public Trust, a government watchdog group, filed a federal complaint Tuesday asking Home Department Inspector General Mark Greenblatt to investigate allegations that Ms. Stone Manning was a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Has violated the False Statements Act in his written testimony.

In the complaint, the group’s director, Michael Chamberlain, said that in response to a question about whether they were under federal investigation, “there was a misunderstanding of their involvement in the criminal investigation and that resulted in the conviction of two colleagues and Imprisoned. ”

The Senate questionnaire asked if he had ever been investigated, arrested, or charged by a federal, state, or local law enforcement authority for violating a federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance. Violation, crime other than minor traffic? ”

Ms Stone Manning replied: “No, I have never been arrested or charged and to the best of my knowledge I have never been the target of such an investigation,” but included an appendix.

In 1989, I testified before a federal grand jury in Boys, Idaho, as part of an investigation into an alleged tree-climbing incident involving the sale of timber. I later testified in a case that resulted in the conviction of a responsible person, “he replied.

On Sept. 30, the Senate confirmed this without a Republican vote, saying he was ineligible to be involved in the case and accusing him of lying about it in his testimony.

Refusing to provide details that would be detrimental to the possibility of confirmation, Ms. Stone Manning’s response was to deliberately and deliberately misrepresent and / or conceal her involvement in an environmental terrorism conspiracy. Is exempt from federal prosecution, ”Mr Chamberlain said in the complaint.

While Ms. Stone Manning denied being under investigation, former USDA Special Agent Michael Merkel told the committee in a July 14 letter that the grand jury found a fingerprint and samples of her hair and handwriting. Issued a claim, and later sent it a “target”. The letter warned that he would be charged.

Finally, in 1993, he agreed to an acquittal with federal prosecutors in exchange for his testimony against the two defendants. He was never charged.

Defending it during the Senate floor debate, St. Joe Manchin III, a West Virginia Democrat, said “the need for the grand jury to testify or provide physical evidence does not make anyone a target of the grand jury investigation.”

Ms Stone Manning admitted to re-typing, editing and mailing an anonymous letter from a criminal who warned authorities about growing trees in Idaho’s Clearwater National Forest.

“Stone Manning said he could have been charged with conspiracy because he sent a letter to Blount, was it not for his agreement with the American lawyer,” the officials said in a 1993 article.

He heads an agency with about 9,500 employees managing 245 million acres of federal land, or one-tenth of the country’s land, and 700 million acres of underground minerals.

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