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Former Bush ethics lawyer has a strong opinion on using lie detectors

Richard Painter, President George W. Bush's former ethics lawyer, believes the White House should use lie detector tests starting at the press secretary podium. (Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images)

Senior counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said on Thursday that the Department of Justice may use lie detectors to determine who is leaking vital information to the media.

“They may, they may not,” Conway said on Fox and Friends. “There are many different ways to discover who is leaking.”

Conway's comments were made after Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he is determined to uncover the person leaking information to the media.

Not everyone, however, thinks the media is the problem.

President George W. Bush's former ethics lawyer, Richard Painter, on Friday tweeted saying he believes lie detectors should begin at the press secretary podium, hinting that Trump's communications team has been lying.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made a commitment to tell the truth while at the podium during a Wednesday 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.

Painter is a strong critic of the Trump administration and frequently posts critical tweets. He also appears on cable television shows to comment on the administration's latest policies.

(H/T The Hill)

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