Attorney General Jeff Sessions is floating the idea of putting the entire National Security Council staff through a lie detector test to ferret out leakers, Axios reported.
According to the online news outlet, Sessions talked about the idea to multiple people — and as recently as last month.
The attorney general's idea is to do a a one-time, one-issue, polygraph test of the more than 100 people on the NSC staff, and ask them, individually, what they know about the leaks of transcripts of President Donald Trump's phone calls with foreign leaders, Axios reported.
He has told associates he prefers the idea of of targeting the foreign leader phone calls because there is a small enough universe of people who would have had access to these transcripts, the outlet reported.
Transcripts of Trump's phone calls with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull were published by The Washington Post in early August.
During his conversation with the Mexican leader, Trump asked him to stop publicly saying Mexico would not pay for the border wall Trump wants to build across the U.S. southern border.
And when he spoke to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the president became heated over the prospect of accepting 1,250 refugees in a deal agreed to by former President Barack Obama — telling Turnbull their conversation was "the most unpleasant call all day."
Sessions announced a crackdown on leakers in August.
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