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CNN's Chris Cuomo mocks Rand Paul's call for lie detector tests: 'Crazy days'
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo mocked Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) call for President Trump to use lie detector tests on top aides to help identify who wrote the anonymous New York Times op-ed this week blasting the president.
Cuomo suggested during an interview with Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) on Thursday night that Paul's stance that such tests would be acceptable seemed to run counter to his long-held libertarian ideals and support for privacy.
"The libertarian - the libertarian - Rand Paul wants lie detector tests in the White House to find the leaker. If that is not a metaphor for crazy days, I don't know what is," Cuomo said on his show.
Paul's office did not immediately respond for a request for comment from The Hill on the host's remarks.
The Kentucky senator earlier in the day Thursday said Trump should consider using the tests to help identify the senior administration official who penned the anonymous op-ed ripping into the president while claiming to be working as part of a "resistance" against the president's "worst inclinations."
"We use the lie detector test routinely for CIA agents and FBI agents," Paul argued. "If you have a security clearance in the White House, I think it would be acceptable to use a lie detector test and ask people whether or not they're talking to the media against the policy of the White House."
The Times reported on Friday that White House staff are discussing such an option, but have not made any decision yet.
The White House and Trump himself have issued several statements condemning the anonymous administration official purportedly behind the op-ed, as well as the Times itself for publishing such a piece.
"Does the so-called 'Senior Administration Official' really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source?" the president tweeted Wednesday. "If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"