In an appearance on Jimmy Church's radio show last night, Lue Elizondo reported that he and Chris Mellon had just returned from Washington, D.C., where they had been involved in activities surrounding the forthcoming creation of a Pentagon UFO office. Elizondo called it their most successful lobbying trip yet. By sheer coincidence, only hours earlier one of the people Elizondo praised effusively last night, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), grilled the nominee for Pentagon inspector-general on Elizondo's pet issue of UFO oversight during a confirmation hearing. Gillibrand's office has refused to say how closely she has been working with Elizondo and Mellon, but Elizondo alleged that the highest levels of government were taking their claims seriously. Mellon recently announced on Rising, the Hill's morning show, that he believes UFOs to be the work of space aliens, while Elizondo told Church that he personally holds the agreement with the Army to test alleged space alien UFO wreckage negotiated with the defunct To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science.
At the confirmation hearing for Robert Storch, an NSA official nominated to take over the Pentagon's IG slot, Gillibrand asked Storch if he were aware of the Pentagon inspector general's office announcement from May 2021 that the office planned to investigate "the extent to which the DoD has taken actions regarding Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP)." The IG's office did not explain who asked for the inquiry, but the announcement came on the same day Elizondo filed a 64-page complaint with the same office accusing the Pentagon of a conspiracy to discredit him.
Gillibrand asked Storch if he would commit to completing the inquiry, which has not been discussed in public since May 2021. Storch said he would look into it and continue the inquiry as he would all inquiries pending before the IG's office, and Gillibrand insisted he provide written answers to two yes-or-no questions about whether he was aware of the inquiry and would support its completion after ordering him to "familiarize" himself with the issue.
The exchange was quite strange, particularly since it would be unlikely for a nominee to already be working on pending investigations when he does not work in that department, and what written response does she expect from a yes-or-no question before the nominee has access to his potential office's files? It looked very much like Gillibrand was carrying water for Mellon and Elizondo without quite having formulated a coherent question.
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