Rand Paul Says Supreme Court Should Use Lie Detector Tests to Find Leaker

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said during an appearance on Thursday’s broadcast of Fox News’ Fox and Friends that the Supreme Court should use lie detector tests in the investigation into the unprecedented leak of the draft opinion indicating the court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed the authenticity of the draft opinion earlier this month while reminding the public that the leaked document does not necessarily indicate what the actual ruling of the court will be. The official opinion could be released at any time before the end of the court’s current term at the end of June or the first week of July.

Paul said that he believes there are useful “forensic ways to figure out” the source of the leak. He said that he believes the number of actual suspects could be “about a dozen people.” He said there are times when employers can “ask for a lie detector test.”

Paul said that he would favor bringing in each suspect to ask each under oath and using a lie detector test if they were involved in leaking the opinion. He said that the country should not tolerate any employee of the Supreme Court who is “a liar and who is dishonest.”

He went on to say that if the leaker is discovered, the offender should be barred from practicing law and should be criminally prosecuted.

Paul also addressed the recent protests outside of the private residences of the conservative justices of the court. He said that he is a “stalwart defender of the First Amendment,” but he does not believe that disorderly conduct is protected. He said that chanting and keeping neighbors awake all night should not be tolerated.

He also noted that he has seen political violence “up close.” He noted that he has been attacked from behind resulting in broken ribs, was with Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) when he was shot on a ballfield by a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and was mobbed while with his wife by a large crowd in Washington.

In comparing his personal experiences to the current atmosphere around the court, he said the leaker is “fomenting violence.” He added that the act goes beyond a “breach of decorum” into the active advocacy of political unrest.