The lawmaker’s comments come as intelligence experts prepare to publish the findings of the Pentagon’s highly anticipated report into unidentified aerial phenomena this week.
GOP Rep. Tim Burchett claims Navy pilots have seen an orb that has either been sent by “somebody on this planet” or is of alien origin.
Ahead of Joe Biden’s summit with Putin in Geneva, there was speculation that the US president would raise the issue if he suspected the Russian strongman was sending hypersonic technology to bug US Navy vessels.
The congressman claimed Putin would’ve sent a UAP to Washington to show his “superiority” if he was behind the sightings.
He told Newsmax: “I mean, honestly, Putin as an egomaniac, if they had a UFO he would have landed one on the steps of the White House just to show his superiority.”
But, the congressman speculated that there could be “something” from another universe jamming the US’ radar.
When probed on why the report is coming out this month, he said: “Something is clearly going on. It’s undeniable that something is out there.”
Lawmakers received a classified briefing last week and they refused to confirm if the findings concluded that extra-terrestrial life exists.
Rep. Burchett said: “Clearly, something’s going on that we can’t handle. I mean UFOs were in the Bible. Read Ezekiel, it talks about the wheel flying around.
“So, I mean they’ve been around since we’ve been around, and somebody needs to come up with some answers.”
UFOs, which were once a fringe conspiracy, have turned into a genuine national security debate in the US.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney told the New York Post: “We take the issue of unexplained aerial phenomena seriously to the extent that we’re dealing with the safety and security of US military personnel or the national security interests of the United States, so we want to know what we’re dealing with.”
Rep. Andre Carson, who chaired the classified briefing, said it was a “significant and timely topic” amid fears that unidentified aerial phenomena could pose a national security risk to Americans.
Democratic congresswoman Val Demings said: “You know it’s always about our safety and security — our national security is [priority] number one.”
The UAP debate soared up the political agenda after Pentagon officials released three videos that appeared to show US Navy encounters with UFOs.
Footage appeared to show a mysterious orb that looked like a “Tic Tac” buzzing around a US ship in 2004 off the coast of San Diego.
And, an unusual orb was also caught stalking the USS Omaha in July 2019.
Brit Lucy Jane Castle claimed she saw a craft matching the description of the “Tic Tac” buzzing in Leicestershire, England.
She claimed she took a picture of the orb earlier this month.
The nutritionist, of Hinckley, said: “It was hovering for a while and within a blink of an eye it had gone.
“Never seen anything like this before in that shape. Quickly took a picture while it was very still and within a blink of an eye it disappeared.”
Last month, intelligence agents appeared to rule out that the vast majority of reported sightings were not American military or other government technology, according to leaked conclusions published by The New York Times.
But, they appeared to leave open the theory that unmanned hypersonic technology might have been sent by Russia or China to harass US vessels.
An unclassified report must be presented to Congress by June 25 as lawmakers mandated intelligence experts in December to report back within 180 days.
The dossier will be unclassified and is expected to contain everything the US Government knows about “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.”
**By Chris Bradford