John Podesta, campaign chair for ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, doubled down on Thursday on the presidential candidate's promise for greater transparency on government records regarding the possibility of extraterrestrial life if she is elected.
Podesta's remarks came during a brief interview posted online by CNN host Jake Tapper, who asked, "Tell us what you're gonna do when it comes to Area 51 and whether or not the US government knows of aliens."
"What I've talked to the secretary about is that, if she's elected president, when 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 that she intends to keep, and that I intend to hold her to."
Podesta noted that Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton asked for "some information about what was going on at Area 51" during his administration, in which Podesta operated as the chief of staff.
"The US 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," he said.
"What is the truth? Is there evidence of alien life?" Tapper asked.
"That's for the public to judge once they've seen all the evidence that the US government has," Podesta responded. Tapper followed up, asking, "What do you think?"
"I think there's a lot of planets out there," Podesta responded.