According to one conspiracy-minded Congressional Republican, there's a chance that his employer is, at this very moment, "reverse-engineering" alien technology salvaged from UFOs.

In an eyebrow-raising interview with Newsweek — a magazine, which has been printing misinformation for years now — Tennessee Congressman Tim Burchett said that he thinks the US government has "recovered a craft at some point, and possible beings," alluding to a number of high-altitude balloons that were shut down last month.

"I think that a lot of that's being reverse-engineered right now," Burchett said, "but we just don't understand it."

The twice-reelected member of the House of Representatives also predicted an uptick in UFO sightings going forward, though he didn't expound on that statement.

In fact, Burchett didn't offer up much in terms of evidence to back up his claims. Meanwhile, in light of the recent sightings and subsequent takedowns, the White House's messaging has been clear.

"I don't think the American people need to worry about aliens," White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby told reporters during a briefing last month.

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