After White House counselor Kellyanne Conway suggested the Trump administration may use lie detectors to identify leakers in the White House, a former ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush offered Conway a starting place: the press secretary’s podium.
“Kellyanne wants lie detectors in the White House? Try one on the press secretary podium. The place will light up like a disco!” Richard Painter tweeted on Friday night.
Kellyanne wants lie detectors in the White House? Try one on the press secretary podium. The place will light up like a disco!
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) August 5, 2017
During an appearance on Fox News Friday, Conway said the Justice Department hasn’t ruled out using polygraph tests to find out who has been leaking damaging information to media from within the Trump administration.
“It’s easier to figure out who’s leaking than the leakers may realize,” Conway told Fox & Friends. “They may, they may not. There are many different ways to discover who is leaking.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a tough government-wide crackdown on leakers on Friday in response to leaks that have plagued the administration since Trump took office.
This week, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pledged that she would not lie from the podium.
“Absolutely not,” she said when asked during Wednesday’s press briefing. “I don’t think it’s appropriate to lie from the podium or any other place. … My job is to communicate the president’s agenda, the president’s message and answer your questions on that as best that I can, as honestly as I can, and be as transparent as I can possibly be at any given moment.”
Sanders made a similar pledge last month during an appearance ABC’s This Week host George Stephanopoulos, vowing to uphold the “highest level of honesty and integrity” in her new role as White House Press Secretary, promising to never lie to the American people or members of the media. Minutes later, Stephanopoulos blasted Sanders for breaking her promise by telling a boldface lie about Russia. (Watch that exchange here.)