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Rep. Burlison in talks with Speaker Johnson & Oversight Chair Comer for UAP subcommittee

Ep. 196 — Rep. Eric Burlison (3-7-2024)
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Rep. Burlison walks up the Capitol steps alone Thursday, March 7, 2024. Photo: Matt Laslo

Who?

Rep. Eric Burlison (R-MO)

Ask a Pol asks:

“Is this thing proceeding at all? Do you have any clarity on field hearings?”

“I haven’t heard a definitive ‘No’ yet.”

NEW:

“I’ve been advocating to [House Oversight Chair James] Comer and [Speaker Mike] Johnson to kinda create a special subcommittee,” Burlison exclusively tells Ask a Pol, before arguing a UAP Subcommittee shouldn’t be funded through Oversight Chair Comer’s limited budget. “He shouldn’t, and I don’t want him to. I don’t want him to do it. I want the Speaker to hire up whoever is needed to staff that [sub]committee.”

Key Burlison:

“I haven’t heard a definitive ‘No’ yet,” Burlison says.

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Caught our ear:

We ask: “Did ya see the thing we reported last week on Luna and Gaetz?”

“She’s got some documents for me, she said,” Burlison tells Ask a Pol.

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Rep. Burlison heads in to vote on the floor of US House of Representatives. Photo: Matt Laslo

LISTEN: Laslo & Burlison

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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

Matt Laslo: “How are you doing?”

Eric Burlison: “Hi, how are you?”

ML: “Did ya see the thing we reported last week on Luna and Gaetz?”

EB: “Yes. She’s got some documents for me, she said.”

ML: “Oh yeah?”

EB: “So she’s gonna — I don’t know what it is. So, hopefully I’ll find out.”

ML: “Is this thing proceeding at all? Do you have any clarity on field hearings?”

EB: “We — I’ve been advocating to [House Oversight Chair James] Comer and [Speaker Mike] Johnson to kinda create a special subcommittee.”

ML: “Oh, a special subcommittee? Oh, interesting.”

EB: “And give it the authority, because that would be the key thing is that it would have the ability to call into a SCIF [sensitive compartmented information facility], you know?”

ML: “Yeah. Because Comer’s kinda told me that he was — or he said he was fine with a Select Committee, he just didn’t want to devote resources from Oversight to it. He said…”

EB: “He can’t. Yeah. He shouldn’t, and I don’t want him to. I don’t want him to do it. That’s why I want the Speaker to hire up whoever is needed to staff that [sub]committee.”

ML: “Oh, interesting. And they haven’t said ‘No’?”

EB: “Because Comer’s staff is very into the Biden administration stuff.”

ML: “Yeah. And they haven’t said ‘No’? They’re open to it?”

EB: “I haven’t heard a definitive ‘No’ yet.”

ML: “Yeah. Sounds like you haven’t heard a definitive ‘Yes’ yet either?”

Laslo laughs.

EB: “I haven’t, no.”

ML: “Have you heard about [UFO whistleblower David] Grusch’s op-ed being held up? I guess, he’s got an op-ed that needs approval…”

EB: “He did tell me that. He did tell me that.”

ML: “How long ago? Like is it…?”

EB: “I’ve got his op-ed…”

ML: “Oh yeah?”

EB: “He showed me.”

ML: “Are you — are you surprised that it hasn’t passed the approval process?”

EB: “I don’t know — I don’t know why it hasn’t been.”

ML: “’Cause when you read it, there was no flags?”

EB: “Well, I don’t know what is…”

ML: “Classified.”

EB: “…classified and what’s not.”

ML: “Yeah. But nothing stuck out to you like, ‘Ohh, that’s…?’”

EB: “Or maybe not classified, it’s like, what’s open for public distribution. I don’t — I don’t know that.”

ML: “How long have you had it? When did you get it? This year or last year?”

EB: “Just recently.”

ML: “Oh yeah? That’s what I told the community. I’m like, ‘If a year, then yeah, that can be a story. If two weeks ago, then probably not a story.’”

Laughs.

EB: “You mean, getting that document?”

ML: “If they hold it for six months or they have it for a year.”

EB: “I think that they eventually will probably allow him to do it.”

ML: “Yeah? Interesting…”

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