Democrats are using hearings scheduled to investigate UFO sightings as a "distraction," Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) said during a May 18 interview.
The same day, Congress held its first public hearing on UFO sightings in more than 50 years.
Democrats, Mullin suggested, have an ulterior motive in pushing for these hearings.
"I believe this is a distraction because this administration and the Democrats here in Washington, D.C., they don't want to actually pay attention to what's happening in America," Mullin told Newsmax's "Wake Up America."
"They want to deflect. They want to ignore," he continued. "They don't want to pay attention to the fact that inflation is costing Americans over $350 a month, and they don't want to talk about their strategic oil supply being so low and the disastrous decisions they made there. They just want to do anything they can to distract the American people, to try changing the news, the same thing they did in Afghanistan."
UFOs have long been ingrained in the public's consciousness, and debates about the truth behind alleged UFO sightings at places like Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 have been ongoing for decades.
Recently, the U.S. government for the first time ever released photos and videos of unidentified flying objects spotted by U.S. military pilots and plane crews, prompting even major pundits like Tucker Carlson to begin to question whether the aircraft were human or alien in origin.
However, the origin of the aircraft, whether they come from earth or outer space, remains unknown.
Mullin, who is a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said that after attending a classified hearing on Tuesday he remains unconvinced either way.
"I didn't get any answers," Mullin said. "Not in the classified or in the open hearing, I really didn't walk away with any definite answers on what we have there. All we know is that we don't really know what's really causing it.
"There were some [people] who said it may be a spaceship, it could be something happening at the same time that we are moving, it could be something that's coming from outer space. They never even identified if it was a ship or what it was. So, there was no answers.
"We still really [don't] know what it is that we're looking at," Mullins added. "They call it, 'unidentified [phenomena].' So, when we start looking at it, our biggest interest is, 'Is it a strategic [phenomenon] that we need to know about? Is this a national security risk?'"
Rather than focusing on the "public spectacle" of UFOs, Mullin said, Democrats should turn their attention to domestic issues affecting Americans.
"We're doing this public spectacle of UFOs and we're not really focusing on what's important right now, what's facing us when our strategic oil supply is the lowest it's been since 1987," Mullin said. "We have inflation running rampant. It's not just a matter if we hit a recession now, it's do we hit hyper inflation which is going to cause to go even deeper into recession. And we're focused on something that really we didn't get any answers on.
"They said, 'Listen, we have something here, and we don't know what it is. We don't know if it's surveillance. We don't know of it's from outer space [or] from China. We don't really know what it is.' We got zero answers on that."
“We just got hosed, basically,” Burchett told reporters on May 17, saying that he thinks officials are withholding information from Americans on UFOs, also known as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs) in official jargon.