Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reportedly mulling mass polygraph testing of the entire National Security Council staff in an effort to weed out and punish leakers, said Axios.com on Sunday.
Sessions has floated the idea to multiple members of President Donald Trump’s administration and has been considering the mass testing for months.
Political reporter Jonathan Swan said, “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.”
Scientists have cast doubt on the polygraph as a so-called “lie detector” and said that the machines can be inaccurate, but Sessions is reportedly less concerned with finding the actual alleged leakers than to “scare them out of leaking again.”
The former Alabama senator likes the idea of starting with the foreign leader call transcripts because there is a comparatively “small universe” of people who would have access to those materials.
Sessions is reportedly furious that he is unable to tamp down leaks to the media nor track the leakers. Swan wrote that the very nature of the leaks poses a problem for sessions in that they are coming from intelligence professionals who are “skilled at covering their digital tracks.”