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Burchett on whether McCarthy was juvenile: "His voice gets higher and higher as he talks. That’s a telling sign”

Ep. 81 — EXCLUSIVE with Rep. Tim Burchett (11-14-2023)
Rep. Tim Burchett takes questions outside US Capitol on 11-14-2023. Photo: Matt Laslo

Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) was a bit distracted today, after allegedly being sucker elbowed by former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, but he still picked up my (second) call for my Raw Story piece on the temper tantrums being thrown on both sides of the US Capitol today.

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Still, I made sure to keep the time constrained congressman around for a quick question on whether or not there’s any word if UAP Caucus members will be able to read UFO whistleblower David Grusch’s classified inspector general complaint in a SCIF this Thursday.

“I don’t know,” Burchett exclusively tells Ask a Pol. “I don’t know what’s gonna happen with that.”

“I'm gonna ask you that every day until then,” I promise the congressman.

Matt Laslo’s a veteran congressional correspondent, new media prof. & founder of Ask a Pol — a new, people-powered press corps, asking your lawmakers your questions at your US Capitol. @Ask_a_Pol (or @askpols). 

Below find a rough transcript of Ask a Pol’s exclusive interview with Rep. Tim Burchett, slightly edited for clarity.  

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Laslo calls Burchett for 2nd time Tuesday — and Laslo never calls anyone, especially lawmakers, unless news…

Tim Burchett: “Hey brother, I have a meeting in a few.”

Laslo turns mic on.

Matt Laslo: “Oh no, I’ll be real quick!”

No transcript for first part, as we discuss McCarthy incident—which many Ask a Pol subscribers inquired about—for just over a minute (1:19 or so).

Burchett scrum from afar. Photo: Matt Laslo

Start of briefest of brief interviews on Thursday’s second classified Grusch briefing.

Matt Laslo: “…well, I told you I’d be quick. That’s all I got on that subject.”

Tim Burchett: “Thanks, dude.”

ML: “Real quick: Do you have confirmation yet on whether you’ll get to see the Grusch testimony Thursday?”

TB: “I don’t know. I don’t know what’s gonna happen with that.”

ML: “Coo, coo. I'm gonna ask you that every day until then.”

TB: “Please do. Alright, I’ll find out.”

ML: “Alright brother, I know you gotta run.”

TB: “See ya, bye.”

ML: “Preciate ya, bye.”

TB: “Bye.”

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Ask a Pol founder Matt Laslo's a veteran congressional reporter, Johns Hopkins University lecturer, WIRED contributor (formerly Rolling Stone, VICE, Playboy, Vice News Tonight/HBO, etc).