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Moskowitz: “[Reid, Schumer, Rubio] — these are not insignificant senators” following UAPs

Ep. 210 — Rep. Jared Moskowitz (3-22-2024)
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Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) — Oversight & Accountability Committee; Congressional UAP Caucus

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Ask a Pol asks:

What's your relationship with Senate Intelligence Committee Vice-Chair Marco Rubio (R-FL), because we’re curious if the Intel. Committee has been read in a little bit more than you all on the House UAP Caucus?

Key Moskowitz: 

“It's good. I know, he's been — [Rubio’s] way more read in than I am,” Moskowitz exclusively tells Ask a Pol. Think about it: Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Marco Rubio — these are not insignificant senators, right? — who have been following this issue. So — but I gotta go vote.”

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Caught our ear: 

What do you make of AARO these days?

“Well, we don't know,” Moskowitz says.

Senate Leader Chuck Schumer January 25, 2023. Photo: Matt Laslo

Homework:

“I didn't see the latest report,” Moskowitz told us the day the House gaveled out for its 2-week Easter recess. “But now that you said that, I'll read it on the plane.”

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Below find a rough transcript of Ask a Pol’s exclusive interview with Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-FL), slightly edited for clarity.

TRANSCRIPT: Rep. Jared Moskowitz

SCENE: Just ahead of Congress’ two-week long Easter recess, Moskowitz and another lawmaker were wrapping up a loud conversation as they walked through a tunnel from the House Office Buildings to the Capitol. By the time the elevator underneath the House floor opened a handful of lawmakers and visitors were listening to their interesting chat.

Jared Moskowitz: “…I've been doing this for 18 years at, like, different levels, and I can't tell you when it happened, but I eventually got to a point — I think it was probably during COVID — I eventually got to a point where I just said I don't care about it anymore. I'm just going to do what I think is right and...”

Moskowitz signals to Laslo to hop on the Members Only elevator.

JM: “Come on.”

Matt Laslo: “I haven't seen you since that new AARO report dropped.”

JM: “Which one?”

ML: “The declassified one that just came out. What’d you think of that?” 

JM: “Oh-oh-oh, yeah-yeah. I gotta be honest, I haven’t read it yet.”

ML: “Yeah?”

JM: “Yeah.” 

ML: “Okay. What do make of AARO these days?”

JM: “Well, we don't know.”

ML: “Yeah?”

JM: “Right? I mean, we really don't know. I mean, look, the stuff they put on the website, when they established that website, I thought was very important. But, you know, I'm still waiting for leadership to grant a subcommittee. I signed that letter.”

ML: “Yeah?”

JM: “But I didn't see the latest report. But now that you said that, I'll read it on the plane.”

ML:“What’s your conjecture on the US military and contractors these days?”

JM: “I think, I mean, how would I conjure it? I mean, our issue is not affecting that.”

ML: “But is it the realization of the military-industrial complex?”

JM: “We don't — we just, we don’t know. I mean, like, I'm serious, like, what was [fmr. Secretary of Defense] Donald Rumsfeld's famous quote?”

ML: “Yeah.”

JM: “Like, ‘There are many unknown unknowns’, right? I mean, we don't know.”

ML: “Because that's where I'm curious, if some of these SAPs [Special Access Programs] could be hidden within these contractors.”

JM: “Well, that's what the belief is, right? That's what some of the thought is. But, again, there's no — we have whistleblowers coming forward, but there's no concrete information.”

ML: “I'm curious on this: What's your relationship with [Sen. Marco] Rubio? Because I'm curious if the Senate Intel [Committee] has been read in a little bit more?”

JM: “It's good. I know, he's been — he’s way more read in than I am.”

ML: “That's what I'm saying. I think they have information you all don’t.”

JM: “Yeah, well, [fmr. Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid [D-NV].”

ML: “Yeah?”

JM: “Right? [Majority Leader] Chuck Schumer. Think about it: Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Marco Rubio — these are not insignificant senators, right? — who have been following this issue. So — but I gotta go vote.”

ML: “Do it. Have a good one.”

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