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EXCLUSIVE — Tim Burchett's frustrated with evasive IG: "I’m tired of that stuff, just give us the answer"
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EXCLUSIVE — Tim Burchett's frustrated with evasive IG: "I’m tired of that stuff, just give us the answer"

Ep. 167 — Rep. Tim Burchett (1-12-2024)
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Rep. Tim Burchett talks to reporters upon leaving classified UAP briefing in SCIF on UFO whistleblower David Grusch (1-12-2024). Photo: Matt Laslo

Upon leaving Friday’s classified SCIF briefing, Congressional UAP Caucus co-chair Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) was frustrated with all the secrecy hiding in plain site within the nation’s intelligence community.

“Someone would ask a question, but then someone, they would give a very unanswer-answer. Then somebody else would ask it more specific, and then they would give a better answer. And I’m tired of that stuff, just give us the answer,” Burchett said.

“That kind of shows that you lawmakers are learning the right way to ask,” I point out.

“Yeah. It does,” Burchett said. “But we shouldn't have to go through that many hoops.”

Burchett was excited to see a broad bipartisan coalition of mostly House Oversight Committee members attend the briefing, united around their demand for transparency.

“At one time there were 16 people in there,” Burchett said.

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Burchett speaks with reporters Friday, Jan. 12, 2024 after leaving SCIF. Photo: Matt Laslo

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

TRANSCRIPT: Rep. Tim Burchett

SCENE: This Burchett exchange starts with Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC)—which is published here—but after Mace breaks off to go vote on the House floor, Laslo starts his brief, if informative, 1-on-1 with Burchett.

Matt Laslo: “How are you feeling after that?”

Tim Burchett: “I don’t know. More the same. I'm tired of the runaround. I mean, you gotta ask specific questions and…”

Burchett says hi to a lawmaker exiting an elevator to the House floor.

TB: “Someone would ask a question, but then someone, they would give a very unanswer-answer. Then somebody else would ask it more specific, and then they would give a better answer. And I’m tired of that stuff, just give us the answer. Quit with all the…”

ML: “But that kind of shows that you guys are learning as you go?”

TB: “Do what?”

ML: “That kind of shows that you lawmakers are learning the right way to ask.”

TB: “Yeah, yeah. It does, but we shouldn't have to go through that many hoops.”

ML: “Who do you want to hear from the fields have another public hearing?”

TB: “Can I talk off the record?”

ML: “Yeah.”

SILENCE: Burchett asks to go Off the Record, which Laslo grants because Burchett provides solid, actionable information OTR (unlike some senators *ahem* who ask for OTR in order to hide).

ML: “Does this bolster your case for a [UAP] Select Committee?”

TB: “Not yet. I'm not really worried about all that. It was Black folks, white folks, Democrats, Republicans, Jews. It was beautiful.”

ML: “And some who hold gavels, some who don't, right?”

Burchett nods.

TB: “At one time there were 16 people in there.”

ML: “Really?”

TB: “Yeah.”

ML: “So you feel like that sends a message?”

TB: “Yep.”

Burchett starts heading in to the House floor to vote.

ML: “Now does that…?”

Laslo finally notices Burchett’s out.

ML: “Preciate you sir. Have a good weekend.”

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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.