Illustration for article titled Jeff Sessions Wants to Solve the White House Leaks With a Lie Detector

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is still pining for President Trump’s approval, has a brilliant beyond brilliant idea for solving the White House’s leaky staff: hook em’ up to a lie detector and grill em’.

Axios reported that Sessions would target the National Security Council staff because the department has access to Trump’s calls with foreign leaders, transcripts of which have been leaked and publish. According to the report, Sessions has “floated the idea to multiple people” as a strategy in his crusade against leakers and the media.


From 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.

Clearly, these are hollow threats considering that someone in Sessions orbit felt compelled to leak his plan to obliterate leakers with lie detectors. Either this anonymous staffer just doesn’t give a shit, or he or she knows that Sessions wields absolutely no power over the National Security Council.

And, as Axios noted, most of the National Security Council’s staff “are career intelligence professionals who are skilled at covering their digital tracks.” Does Sessions really believe whoever leaked the transcripts wouldn’t be able to manipulate a lie detector test?

Night Editor, Splinter

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