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UPDATED — Intel Chair Mike Turner was not in David Grusch SCIF briefing
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UPDATED — Intel Chair Mike Turner was not in David Grusch SCIF briefing

Ep. 163 — House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Turner (1-12-2024)
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House Intel Chair Mike Turner surprised to see Ask a Pol two floors above where he just saw us :30 seconds ago when he hopped on this subterranean elevator outside the SCIF Jan. 12, 2024. Photo: Matt Laslo

THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT TURNER WAS NOT IN THE GRUSCH BRIEIFING, EVEN AS HE WAS IN THE SCIF (updated on 1-18-2024).

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence — or HPSCI — Chair Mike Turner has not been a public player in Congress’ ongoing UAP — did NOT attend last Friday’s classified SCIF (sensitive compartmented information facility) briefing.

As the SCIF doors open and Turner’s silhouette slowly becomes clear trough the deceptively lit — simultaneously sun and florescent splashed — basement of the US Capitol, a gaggle of 10 or so reporters huddling outside the SCIF gently pounce on the chair.

“Any takeaway or whatever?” a cable producer casually shouts from some 30 or 40 feet away from the SCIF entrance — now turned exit — and Turner.

“I don’t,” Turner replies, heading towards an elevator bank as Ask a Pol’s Matt Laslo starts trekking up two flights of marble stairs.

“Thank you,” the TV producer replies.

As the elevator doors open two flights above the SCIF, Chair Turner is greeted by Laslo.

“Hey, how’d it go in there?” Laslo asks.

"Umm,” Turner replies.

Like his vocals, Turner’s face quickly switches to silent mode.

He’s obviously annoyed. Gruffy yet desperately grasping for an expressionless expression.

Sensing his never-comment mood, Laslo calls an audible.

"Happy New Year, Mr. Chair!"

"Cheers," Turner replies — never turning to make eye contact — limply lifting his, seemingly, liquor-less morning coffee cup in the air to Ask a Pol.

Cheers indeed.*

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*Next time you “cheers” us, do remember, good sir, we keep emergency moonshine under our desk on the Senate side for momentous occasions such as this.

**THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT TURNER WAS NOT IN THE GRUSCH BRIEIFING, EVEN AS HE WAS IN THE SCIF.

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LISTEN:

I. LISTEN: Laslo & Mike Turner RAW; if highly boosted and polished

*for audiophiles: simple noise reduction filter applied throughout, along with mini volume boosts and tucks — never cuts, additions or, purposeful, distortions — here and there

Audio production behind one of these Turner teases. Screengrab: Laslo
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Photos: Matt Laslo

II. LISTEN: Laslo & Mike Turner cosmetic audio edit

*ie (hopefully) tad easier listening

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III. LAUGHABLE LISTENINGL — Turner RAW: Intel Chair takes elevator, Laslo beats him up 2 flights of stairs*

*listen for Laslo getting his gear—pen, mic, camera, notepad, listerine strips, etc.—prepped while gliding up the expansive winding marble steps (“no running in the Capitol,” after all, but 6’ 3” or so objects move in mysterious ways…).

Laslo then pretended to get his breathing in order — just as the elevator dings before Chair Turner’s morning turned.

Roll the tape!*

*for those who will want to make out the reporters in the beginning, here’s the extended raw audio, just boosted, leveled out, polished ever so slightly, etc.

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BONUS (if, oops…) LISTEN:

Laslo accidentally hot-miced his monologue of a run down of his Turner chase to press

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SCENE: Post-Turner non-interview-interview, so guess you get his live post match play-by-play to some of the reporters huddled almost as a unit just outside the SCIF. Enjoy (until AOC comes out and he’s out…).

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Ask a Pol
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.