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EXCLUSIVE — Sen. Gillibrand on AARO Director Kirkpatrick retiring "I’m so disappointed"

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EXCLUSIVE — Sen. Gillibrand on AARO Director Kirkpatrick retiring "I’m so disappointed"

Ep. 83 — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (11-14-2023)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand enters Senate SCIF on Nov. 14, 2023. Photo: Matt Laslo

Unlike many of her colleagues, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is going to miss retiring AARO Director Dr. Sean Kirkpatrick.

“I’m so disappointed,” Gillibrand told Ask a Pol on Tuesday. “I thought he was an amazing leader of AARO…”

RAW Ask a Pol EXCLUSIVE with Gillibrand*

*same audio as one for paid subscribers, i just need a nap after 4hrs of sleep ea. night this week


Ask a Pol has a request for comment out to Sen. Gillibrand’s office about her Oct. 25th call with UFO whistleblower David Grusch, which was first reported by the New York Post’s Steven Greenstreet.

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Gillibrand’s comms staff hints this Grusch and Gillibrand call was NOT earth-moving…

More to come when we get more, which may be next week (or when Congress is back post-Thanksgiving…).

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 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, slightly edited for clarity.

Matt Laslo: “How are you ma’am?”

Kirsten Gillibrand: “I’m good.”

ML: “Curious, do you — have you looked at that report from AARO and Kirkpatrick?”

KG: “Not yet.”

ML: “That declassified one?”

KG: “Is it out yet? When did it come out?”

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