Claims being made about UFOs and a possible government cover-up are the “biggest story in human history” if proven true, according to a U.S. senator.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, emphasized the gravity of the situation several weeks after David Grusch, a U.S. military and intelligence veteran, shared allegations about craft of non-human origin being retrieved and illegally kept from Congress.

“We have people that have very high clearances both today and in the past, who did really important work for our government or continue to do important work for the government, who have come forward with some claims about the U.S. having in the past recovered exotic materials and then reversed engineered those materials to make advances in our own defenses and technologies,” Rubio said during an interview Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday evening.

The lawmaker, who had been asked by Hannity if there is any truth to the UFO claims, went on to say he does not know yet if the claims are valid, but surmised that “one of two things” is happening.

“Either they’re telling the truth, and that is something that obviously would be the biggest story in human history, or we have people in really important positions in government who are crazy, and who are out there making up stories, and who are still in positions of importance,” Rubio said. “Either one is a big problem. So we’ve got to figure out which one of these two it is, because the second one in particular would be very troubling.”

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So far, in response to the claims, the Department of Defense has simply pointed to its All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), which has been tasked with investigating UFOs, and said that team has “not discovered any verifiable information to substantiate claims that any programs regarding the possession or reverse-engineering of any extraterrestrial materials have existed in the past or exist currently.”

But Rubio recently informed News Nation that multiple people, some of whom are from the government, have come forward to Congress with UFO claims, some of whom have “first-hand knowledge or first-hand claims of certain things.” And there could be more revelations with proposed legislation as well as a hearing in the House that may take place by the end of this month.

“All we know are the claims that people have made. These are credible people that have done and continue to do important work for the country. And by law, we’re required, when they come forward as whistleblowers, to take their claims seriously and to investigate them,” Rubio told Hannity, “But we just don’t know. That’s the answer.”

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