Frustrated with the never-ending stream of leaks coming out of the National Security Council, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering administering lie detector tests, according to a new report.
It is not clear if such an effort — reported by Axios — is possible or if this report is even true because the news outlet does not name its various sources.
According to Axios, “Sessions’ idea is to do a one-time, one-issue, polygraph test of everyone on the NSC staff. Interrogators would sit down with every single NSC staffer (there’s more than 100 of them), and ask them, individually, what they know about the leaks of transcripts of the president’s phone calls with foreign leaders. Sessions suspects those leaks came from within the NSC, and thinks that a polygraph test — at the very least — would scare them out of leaking again.”
The unidentified sources claim that Sessions has talked about targeting phone calls with foreign leaders, such as President Trump’s conversation in January with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Mexican leader Enrique Pena Nieto, because there’s a smaller number of people who would have had access to those transcripts. Also, the idea that the President of the United States can’t have private conversations with foreign leaders was a bridge too far, even for Democrats, the report noted.
The Washington Post reported on the conversations in February, characterizing both as tense. In the call with Pena Nieto, Trump reportedly told the Mexican leader to stop publicly saying his government would not pay for a border wall.
The Post claimed to have obtained full transcripts, stating they were “produced by White House staff” and based on records kept by White House note-takers.
Leaking this kind of information could land someone in prison.
“The unauthorized release of these documents to the press is a crime,” Joe diGenova, the former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, told Fox News. “The series of acts involving release of notes of the president’s conversations with foreign leaders, and these transcripts, are a serious threat to national security.”
The National Security Council, which may still be staffed with Obama loyalists who want to make Trump look bad, is seen as a likely place to start.
Neither Sessions’ office nor DOJ officials would comment on the report.
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