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EXCLUSIVE — Sen. Jim Risch: “I don’t read UFO stories”

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EXCLUSIVE — Sen. Jim Risch: “I don’t read UFO stories”
Ep. 41 — Sen. Jim Risch laughs off UFO whistleblower David Grusch (7-19-2023)
Sen. Risch walks through the basement of the Capitol with then-Sen. Lamar Alexander, June 27, 2019. Photo: Matt Laslo

Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) — a member of the Intelligence Committee and the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee — has no plan to look into UFO whistleblower David Grusch.

“Got the wrong guy. I don’t read UFO stories,” Risch laughed when asked about Grusch at the end of July.

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That puts Risch in line with more than half of his colleagues on the US Senate Intelligence Committee who, over the summer, exclusively told Ask a Pol they weren’t investigating Grusch — even after the inspector general vetted his allegations before forwarding them on to Congress.

A list of responses from each member of the US Senate Intelligence Committee when Ask a Pol asked about David Grusch this summer. Audio of each exclusive is posted at Ask a Pol.

Risch is the second most senior Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which puts him in line to replace Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the committee’s current vice-chair, when he retires or is term limited out.

Below find a rough transcript of Ask a Pol’s interview with Sen. Jim Risch, slightly edited for clarity.

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Listening to lawmakers with Laslo, UAPs

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.