Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) announced in a recent interview that the House Oversight Committee will be holding a hearing regarding recent allegations that the federal government has possession of multiple craft that could be of extraterrestrial origin.
Burchett told the Daily Wire that the committee wants David Grusch, the veteran who revealed the possibility of the alien ships, to testify.
Grusch had worked for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).
The hearing comes after a recent report in which Grusch alleged that the government covertly recovered a number of partial and intact craft that could be from other planets.
Burchett said that it was “premature” to say whether or not the whistleblower would be at the hearing, but that the committee would announce those invited after discussions with committee chair Rep. James Comer (R-KY).
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Other national security officials may testify, but Burchett said that at present the committee had to consider “security concerns.”
The representative further said that he had concerns about the upper echelons of the federal government on the topic. He said that he did not “trust our Justice Department or a lot of the higher-ups in our intelligence agencies because they have been the problem.”
“Just release the unredacted files and quit with all the nonsense — because that’s all they’re doing now,” he said.
Burchett said that he would not vote for more funding for agencies that have covered up such information.
When asked about the recent proposal by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) about preventing funding for such Special Access Programs (SAPs) unless Congress was informed, Burchett said that it seemed “like something I could support. I’d have to read the details of it though.”
“We’ve got to change the system — and you know, talk’s cheap,” the Tennessee Republican said.
He called previous congressional hearings on UFOs as a “hoax.”
The Republican added that he hoped that the committee could “show the American public that we’re serious about this issue,” citing a poll that showed a majority of the population concerned about possible extraterrestrial contact.
Burchett added his hope that the committee would “expose to the American public that this is a cover-up.”