Watchdog Releases Video Highlighting Possible False Statements of New BLM Director
September 30, 2021
Video contrasts responses to Tracy Stone-Manning’s testimony with Biden Administration’s ethics pronouncements
Today, Federal watchdog Protect the Public’s Trust released a video highlighting possible false statements by newly confirmed Bureau of Land Management Director Tracy Stone-Manning in response to her confirmation by the US Senate. The video displays a stark contrast between the comments of Senators who believe she provided false testimony, or even “perjury,” and the high ethical standards the Biden Administration espouses publicly.
On June 22, Protect the Public’s Trust filed a complaint with the US Attorney’s Office of the District of Columbia alleging Ms. Stone-Manning violated the False Statements Act in her written testimony to a Senate committee evaluating her nomination. Since the filing, more evidence has emerged supporting the allegations made in the complaint, including a letter from the lead federal investigator of the eco-terrorism case involving Ms. Stone-Manning.
Despite denying that she was ever the target of an investigation, the facts revealed throughout the confirmation process and in recent weeks tell a different story. This is supported by statements from 1) Ms. Stone-Manning’s co-conspirator, 2) the Assistant US Attorney, 3) Ms. Stone-Manning’s interviews in 1990 and 1993, and 4) the lead federal criminal investigator at the time.
“The disparity between the standard of honesty the public’s elected representatives believed they received from Tracy Stone-Manning, some calling it ‘perjury,’ and the high standards the Biden Administration ostensibly sets for itself is absolutely striking,” said Michael Chamberlain, Director of Protect the Public’s Trust. “Her sworn testimony appears to be completely at odds with the known facts, even those she expressed herself. The American public is justified to have serious concerns for the example this sets for the 40,000 employees and volunteers at BLM.”