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Post-SCIF Burlison says Intel Chair overreacting but agrees on declassification
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Post-SCIF Burlison says Intel Chair overreacting but agrees on declassification

Ep. 180 — Rep. Eric Burlison (2-14-2024)
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Rep. Eric Burlison and Congressional UAP Caucus. Photo: Matt Laslo

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Rep. Eric Burlison (R-MO)

Ask a Pol asks:

What do you make of House Intel Chair Mike Turner’s warning?

Key Burlison: 

“Well, I went to the SCIF and got a briefing on it. I’m concerned, but the only thing I can say is the level of my concern — is what I was told — so I will put it this way: I left, when I was in there and signing the what would happen to you if you [disclosed], you know, the punishment, the penalties… signing that, I came to the conclusion, I'm more afraid of this than I am of what I read about.”

Caught our ear:

“We did have Lue Elizondo today… He was in town for the Conservative Opportunity Society breakfast with [Rep.] Ralph Norman (R-SC)…It was really good,” Burlison exclusively tells Ask a Pol. “Those guys, from what they presented — of course, this is not in a secure setting, they're not under oath — but what they presented is very similar to what David Grusch was presenting.”

BONUS INTRIGUE:

“I'm working on it. Right now, I've got something up my sleeve. I don't want to talk. I’ll keep you informed, because I got a big thing that I'm gonna announce.”

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

TRANSCRIPT: Rep. Eric Burlison  

SCENE: Laslo sees Burlison walking in a basement tunnel from his office to the US Capitol. Burlison has an earbud in, so Laslo quietly inquires whether he’s on a call and learns Burlison is studying up on his Japanese.

Matt Laslo: “You’re learning Japanese?”

Eric Burlison: “Yeah. Well, I'm refreshing myself.”

ML: “Sweet. Did you see that Turner tweet?”

EB: “No.”

Laslo pulls his phone out to read the tweet to Burlison, hence the temporary interference between his phone and recorder. Sorry!

ML: “What do you make of that?”

EB: “Well, I went to the SCIF and got a briefing on it. I’m concerned, but the only thing I can say is the level of my concern — is what I was told — so I will put it this way: I left, when I was in there and signing the what would happen to you if you [disclosed], you know, the punishment, the penalties….”

ML: “Signing your life away.”

EB: “Signing that, I came to the conclusion, I'm more afraid of this than I am of what I read about.”

ML: “Well put. Interesting. Well some people — there's rumors it deals with the Russian space program?”

EB: “I can't. I can't.”

ML: “Nothing? Yeah. I feel ya. It's an interesting one. Do you think it should be declassified like Turner asked?”

EB: “Yeah. I don't think that the American people, based on what I read, I really don’t think the American people shouldn’t have access, but I'm generally a lot more believing. My attitude in general is that we're supposed to believe in them. Give people more authority. Let them make adult decisions. I wish I could tell you more.”

ML: “I know. Wish I could be a fly on the wall.”

EB: “We did have Lue Elizondo today.”

ML: “Where?”

EB: “In town.”

ML: “Oh yeah?”

EB: “You know who he is right?”

ML: “Yeah.”

EB: “He was in town for the Conservative Opportunity Society breakfast with Ralph Norman. So you might talk with Ralph Norman about it. It was really good.”

ML: “Any takeaways?”

EB: “Those guys, from what they presented — of course, this is not in a secure setting, they're not under oath — but what they presented is very similar to what David Grusch was presenting.”

ML: “Yeah? Why not hear from more of those folks?”

EB: “I'm working on it. Right now, I've got something up my sleeve. I don't want to talk. I’ll keep you informed, because I got a big thing that I'm gonna announce.”

ML: “Nice. UAP related?”

EB: “Yes.”

ML: “I’ll be watchin! Preciate ya. Have a good recess if I don’t see ya.”

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