Sessions Floats Controversial Idea to Catch Leakers

Axios reports he might require all NSC staffers to take lie detector tests
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2017 9:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reportedly considering a controversial idea to catch White House leakers. Axios reports that Sessions has floated a proposal to make all 100 or so staffers at the National Security Council take a lie detector test. The purpose of the polygraph would be to figure out who has been leaking transcripts of President Trump's phone calls to foreign leaders. Last month, Sessions announced a big push to crack down on what he termed a "staggering amount of leaks," but the Axios post notes that such inquiries rarely amount to much.

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If nothing else, Sessions has reportedly told colleagues, the polygraphs might scare people into changing their behavior. It's not clear whether this is a genuine proposal or whether Sessions put out the information himself as a way to show how serious he is about the leaks, notes a post at New York magazine. The tests "don't really work, so scaring people is about all they're good for," writes Margaret Hartmann. (Read more Jeff Sessions stories.)

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