Tracy Stone-Manning, Joe Biden's new nominee to head the Bureau of Land Management, was under investigation in the late 80s and early 90s for her role in a tree-spiking incident in Idaho.
She was awarded immunity from prosecution in 1993 when she agreed to testify and admit to her role in an eco-terrorist group responsible for what had happened in the 1989 incident where she had written and sent an anonymous letter telling the world a forest near where she lived in Idaho had been seeded with tree spikes.
According to the Daily Caller, Michael Merkley came forward to shed public light on past incidents, when he saw that Stone-Manning claim that she had never been investigated criminally.
"She was aware that she was being investigated in 1989 and again in 1993 when she agreed to the immunity deal with the government to avoid criminal felony prosecution. I know, because I was the Special Agent in Charge of the Investigation."
Merkley further iterated that Stone-Manning "extremely difficult to work with; in fact, she was the nastiest of the suspects. She was vulgar, antagonistic and extremely anti-government."
Markley went on to state that, by 1992, and despite Stone-Manning's lack of co-operation, "it became clear that Ms. Stone-Manning was an active member of the original group that planned the spiking of the Post Office Timber Sale trees."
This comes on the heels of another recent revelation, that Stone-Manning is a proponent of population control, calling children an "environmental hazard" in her graduate thesis.