Campaign Chairman Says Clinton Will Declassify 'UFO Files' 'The American people can handle the truth' By Michael Harthorne, Newser Staff Posted Apr 8, 2016 1:33 PM CDT 124 comments Comments (Shutterstock) (Newser) – With The X-Files off the air—again—we need somebody to step into Fox Mulder's shoes. It looks like that somebody is going to be Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta. USA Today reports Podesta, who was also chief of staff for President Clinton and a member of President Obama's administration, wants the government to release any evidence it has on the existence of aliens and says Clinton, if elected, will request the declassification of records related to Area 51. “I think that's a commitment that she intends to keep and that I intend to hold her to," Podesta tells CNN. Podesta's desire to get to the bottom of this whole aliens thing goes back more than a decade, according to Jezebel. In 2002, he said scientists need those sealed records in order to solve UFO phenomena. "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," Podesta tells CNN. While working for the Obama administration, Podesta described his biggest failure of 2014 as "once again not securing the disclosure of the UFO files." Podesta wouldn't say whether he believes in aliens or if the government has proof of their existence. He says that's for the public to decide after they've seen the files: "The American people can handle the truth.” Jezebel thinks he might be right: "A lot of other things—abortion, the death penalty, race relations, the yawning wealth gap, and the disappearance of the middle class—we’re not doing so great coming to a consensus on, but I’m confident we could all, as a group, calmly handle the truth about aliens."