Meet John Podesta, a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama whose public beliefs on UFOs and the existence of extraterrestrial life are well documented. That’s because the current chair for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign tweeted all about it in February of 2015. And seeing as how both Hillary and Bill Clinton have talked publicly about the phenomena in the press and on television, it’s a good bet that Podesta is having a major influence on the two. Hence why CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked him about the subject on Thursday.
Tapper specifically asked Podesta what he would do about topics like Area 51 and aliens if Clinton were elected president. Without missing a beat, the campaign chair launched into his candidate’s pro-aliens platform:
“If she’s elected president and she gets into office, she’ll ask for as many records as the United States federal government has to be declassified. I think that’s a commitment she intends to keep, and that I intend to hold her to.”
Before he served as Obama’s senior adviser, Podesta worked for President Bill Clinton as the White House Chief of Staff for two years. Bearing this in mind, Tapper wondered whether or not the campaign chair had seen any of the documents he was referring to. Podesta didn’t say yes or no, but he did note that the Clinton administration had asked for “information about what was going on at Area 51.”
Then he launched into a Fox Mulder-esque criticism of the federal government:
“The U.S. government could do a much better job in answering the quite legitimate questions that people have about what’s going on with unidentified aerial phenomena. The American people can handle the truth.”
Ever the reporter, Tapper immediately asked Podesta what the “truth” was. He again refused to give a direct answer, instead stating that “there’s a lot of planets out there.”
At least Podesta, an adviser to a potential President of the United States, isn’t pooling all his intellectual resources into a far more heinous subject. Like Donald Trump‘s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who’s currently defending himself from assault charges after grabbing a female reporter, then denying the whole thing with a smear campaign.