FORMER Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he believes a former US defense contractor had alien debris in its possession.

Although the ex-Nevada Senator said he never actually saw proof of the crashed UFO remnants, Reid did try to get approval from the Pentagon to find them.

"I was told for decades that Lockheed had some of these retrieved materials," Reid, 81, told the New Yorker of defense contractor Lockheed Martin.

"And I tried to get, as I recall, a classified approval by the Pentagon to have me go look at the stuff," he said.

"They would not approve that. I don’t know what all the numbers were, what kind of classification it was, but they would not give that to me."

Reid spoke to the magazine as part of a general article regarding government investigations into unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP).

Reid apparently reached out to Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens and Hawaiian Senator Daniel Inouye. after hearing of such alien debris within the government's supposed possession.

Stevens even apparently believed he saw a UFO while piloting an aircraft during World War II.

Reid even managed to set aside $22 million for a new program in the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations Bill, but an intelligence official told the New Yorker the Pentagon was not happy.

"There were some government officials who said, ‘We shouldn’t be doing this, this is really ridiculous, this is a waste of money.’"

'And then Reid would call them out of a meeting and say, ‘I want you to be doing this. This was appropriated,'" the official recalled of Reid.

"It was sort of like a joke that bordered on an annoyance and people worried that if this all came out, that the government was spending money on this, this will be a bad story."

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