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EXCLUSIVE — Rep. Luna: "this has been a long-term effort to really keep this information outside of the purview of Congress"
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EXCLUSIVE — Rep. Luna: "this has been a long-term effort to really keep this information outside of the purview of Congress"

Ep. 164 — Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (1-12-2024)
Rep. Anna Paulina Luna on a call outside classified SCIF briefing on UFO whistleblower David Grusch Friday, January 12, 2024. Photo: Matt Laslo

Congressional UAP Caucus co-chair Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) exited Friday’s classified SCIF briefing more dubious of the nation’s intelligence community and with more faith in UFO whistleblower David Grusch.

Going forward, Luna now plans to lean more on Grusch as her and the UAP Caucus continue their investigation in spite of all the roadblocks.

“I think that this is — just from what I've been able to gather — this has been a long-term effort to really keep this information outside of the purview of Congress,” Luna exclusively told Ask a Pol upon leaving the classified briefing.

“We are going to continue to move forward, track down and do what we need to do, but if I'm at the point where I know that our witness is good, I'm going to then work with him directly. Because I feel like that's the best way, not only to get information out to the American people, but also to to ensure that we're not chasing ghosts,” Luna continued. “It has felt that the more that we try to do this your traditional way, the more blockades we get and that's just simply frustrating.”

While there are still calls for a Select UAP Committee, including from Luna herself, she says it isn’t essential to their investigation.

That’s in part because 2024 is an election year with limited legislative days in Washington, so she’s not even sure setting one up right now is feasible. Though her and other members of the Oversight Committee are learning how to use the regular committee process to keep the pressure up.

“Remember, we can still operate and do certain things without having a full committee,” Luna said. “We would like one, but I don't know if that's even going to be something that we'll be able to get it, you know, before the end of the 118th Congress.”

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Below find a rough transcript of Ask a Pol’s exclusive interview with Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL), slightly edited for clarity.

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TRANSCRIPT: Rep. Anna Paulina Luna

Jack Harlow’s Lovin on Me started playing from Laslo’s phone when he went to click a pic of Luna addressing the cameras outside Friday’s SCIF briefing, Laslo’s been blushing and apologizing since…

Anna Paulina Luna: “I like that song.”

Matt Laslo: “Right? I apologize.”

APL: “It’s alright.”

ML: “So, what are your feelings coming out of there?”

APL: “It’s the same old stuff, but what I do — and I'll just tell you the same thing — I think that Grusch absolutely, if there was any doubt in anyone's mind that he isn't credible, I think that after leaving that, where I'm at is, I feel like he's a very credible witness.”

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I cover Congress different. I listen. Learning daily. Even while throwing stones at all the glass houses. This will be a stream of my noteworthy interviews. They're conducted at the US Capitol, if not otherwise noted. Matt Laslo is a veteran congressional reporter, Johns Hopkins University lecturer, fmr. Vice News Tonight/HBO correspondent, etc.