Bill Clinton has sensationally claimed that during his presidency he searched for aliens.
In an interview with television host James Corden, Mr Clinton said he sent people to the mysterious Area 51 to “make sure” there were no aliens.
The top secret military base in the Nevada desert has been the subject of curious minds for decades, with many conspiracy theorists believing it houses aliens and UFOs.
Some people believe it the government staged the 1969 moon landing at the base.
“When I was president, I had a chief of staff John Podesta who loved science fiction,” Mr Clinton said.
“We made every attempt to find out everything about Roswell.
“And we also sent people to Area 51 to make sure there were no aliens.”
Mr Clinton detailed how he sent his then National Security Advisor Sandy Burger to investigate the base, before adding there was no sign of aliens that he “knows of”.
“I said we got to find out how we’re going to deal with this because that’s where we do a lot of our invisibility research in terms of technology, like how we fly airplanes that aren’t picked up by radar and all that,” he said.
“So that’s why they’re so secretive. But there’s no aliens that I know of.”
The 75-year-old then explained a trip he and wife Hillary took to Hawaii where they spoke to scientists operating large telescopes.
“I said ‘Do you guys argue about the likelihood of life in outer space?’ He said we have huge arguments,” Mr Clinton said.
“He said, ‘there are those of us who think it’s 85 per cent likely and those of us who think it’s 95 per cent likely.’
“And these are people who spend their lives doing this.
“He said ‘we think, in other words, it’s very unlikely that there is not life’.
“There are a billion, not a billion planets, but a billion solar systems.”
In 2019 people across the United States descended on Nevada with the intention of storming Area 51.
Half a million people signed up to the event which was called ‘Storm Area 51: They Can’t Stop All Of Us’.