Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) plans to support Tracy Stone-Manning, President Joe Biden’s controversial nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), despite her past involvement in an ecoterrorist operation and history of promoting extremist views, such as population control.
Manchin’s spokesperson confirmed to the Hill on Monday the chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee will back Stone-Manning. Assuming other Democrats on the committee follow Manchin’s lead, the vote to continue her confirmation process would be deadlocked as all of the committee’s Republicans have called on Biden to withdraw her nomination.
Stone-Manning has come under enormous scrutiny over the past several weeks in large part for her membership 30 years ago in the environmental extremist group Earth First!, and specifically for her involvement during that time in a tree spiking plot.
As Breitbart News reported, while Stone-Manning was a graduate student at the University of Montana in Missoula in 1989, she