U.S. Rep. Tim Burchett followed up on his star turn as a member of Wednesday’s House Oversight subcommittee hearing on UFOs with a virtually non-stop media tour that lasted into Thursday.
One of his appearances was on C-Span’s Washington Journal, where he told host Greta Brawner he was working on two hours’ sleep as he hit the same themes he drove home during the previous day’s hearing.
“We’re not alone, basically,” he said in summing up the hearing testimony. Primarily, Burchett demanded more transparency from the Pentagon and the intelligence community about possible encounters with UFOs, also known as “unidentified anomalous phenomena” or unidentified aerial phenomena.” At one point, he called the leadership in the Pentagon “war pimps.”
The Knoxville Republican said that he and the whistleblowers who testified during the hearing would continue the quest for more information about UFOs, and added he and other subcommittee members would ask the House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to form a special committee to continue the work.
“These folks are not going away and I’m not going away,” Burchett said. “The members of Congress that were on that committee are not going away, and we’re going to start getting some answers.”
Washington Journal features calls from viewers, and one of them, Sean (or maybe Shaun) from Cleveland, Ohio, recounted an experience from 2017 when he claimed he awoke to find “alien footprints” on the floor. He took video of the scene and sent it to one of the whistleblowers Burchett has been interviewing.
At the end of the half-hour program, Burchett told Brawner, “I just want some transparency, ma’am.”
An appearance on CNN wasn’t so cordial when the discussion descended from questions of alien life in the universe to the Hunter Biden saga, though Burchett also referred to host Sara Sidner as “ma’am.” Sidner pressed him on the lack of evidence to substantiate Republican allegations of bribery against Biden, and the GOP congressman accused the journalist of bias.
“We can sit here and argue about it — you’ve got your base, I’ve got mine,” he said.
“I don’t have a base,” Sidner interjected. “I’m a journalist. I don’t have a base, Democratic or Republican.”
Burchett responded, “I understand, ma’am, but let’s be honest. You work for Fox, you’d be right wing, and you all are the left wing. And I get it, that’s politics.”
“You don’t know my politics, sir. You really don’t know my politics,” she replied.
“I don’t believe that, ma’am,” Burchett said. “You can say that and have your fingers crossed under the table.”