I have watched enough true crime television to know that polygraph tests are often inaccurate. They are not really “lie detectors” but instead measure stress response levels and other physiological responses, and guess what? Most people experience stress when they are lying! But some don’t.
Anyway, Donald Trump is reportedly obsessed with polygraph tests. Has he ever taken one? Maybe he’d be one of the rare folks who are so delusional and convinced he’s telling the truth that he passes.
Can you imagine if Trump had to take a polygraph? That thing would ignite.
— William Linde (@WELinde) October 8, 2019
According to a new article by Politico, former White House officials revealed that Trump “constantly” talks about ordering polygraphs for members of his staff. Some employees have even volunteered to take a lie-detector test to prove they were not responsible for leaks.
“He talked about it a lot,” the former official said. After reading and watching reports about his presidency, “He’d be angry and ask, ‘Why can’t we stop these things?'”
“He wanted to polygraph every employee in the building to unearth who it was who spoke to the press,” said another former official, who added that Trump gets especially enraged when he knows specific news accounts are accurate.
Trump’s interest in polygraphing his staff indicates he is increasingly paranoid and doesn’t trust the people working for him. As an impeachment inquiry is underway and politicians are questioning Trump’s dealings with foreign leaders—especially in Ukraine—Trump is undoubtedly feeling some heat.
Trump has made repeated demands to know the identity of the whistleblower who filed a complaint about Trump’s call with the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy. During that call, the whistleblower says (and a rough transcript indicates), Trump asked Zelenskiy to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham denied that Trump wants to use polygraphs as a way to stop leaks.
“I think the president and anyone in his administration have the right to be frustrated and even angry about leaks. Leaking information, which is oftentimes classified, only hurts this country. I have been with the president since July 2015 and can say unequivocally that I have never heard suggesting polygraphs as a way to stop leaks.”
Maybe she could take one, too?