Since the early days of the Trump Administration, the White House has battled a steady stream of leaks. Those leaks have revealed everything from petty rivalries to inconsistencies in policies like the border wall to out right lies told by members of the administration, up to and including the president. Rather than increase transparency and tell the truth, thereby neutralizing the damage leaks can do, Trump has decided to go another way and fire people.
Former Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and former Press Secretary Sean Spicer all failed to bring the leaks under control, and have ignominiously left the White House. In fact, many in the administration suspected Priebus was the source of most of the leaks, or at least their orchestrator. General John Kelly was tapped by Trump to take replace Priebus as Chief of Staff, and many expected the discipline he promised to impose would slow the leaks to trickle.
Just three days into Kelly’s tenure, however, the leaks have continued unabated. Now the Justice Department is stepping in. After weeks of constant public and humiliating prodding by President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a renewed effort from the DOJ to crack down on the leaks.
But in a sign that the crack down is turning into panic, the AP is reporting today that the White House is preparing to take extraordinary step to stop the leaks.
“A presidential adviser is raising the possibility of lie detector tests for the small number of people in the West Wing and elsewhere with access to transcripts of President Donald Trump’s phone calls. The Washington Post has published transcripts of his conversations with the leaders of Mexico and Australia.”
It appears the only real “witch hunt” is being conducted at the White House.