“Are you denying, Mr. Secretary, that you have ever had any contact with Elana Kamisorov, the Russian Intelligence agent?” the senator asked.
“Sir,” responded the Secretary of Homeland Security, “I don’t recall any such contact with Miss Kamisorov.”
“I have a photograph I’d like to share with you, Mr. Secretary,” the Senator said. He then directed one of his aids to mount a blowup of the photograph on an easel next to the senator’s chair. “Is this you in this picture, Mr. Secretary, in a warm embrace with Elana Kamisorov?”
After a short pause before answering, the Secretary said, “I belief someone must have mocked up or doctored that photo and I stand by my earlier statement.”
Losing patience with the witness, the senator picked up a piece of paper and waved it in the air. “Do you have any idea what this is, Mr. Secretary?”
“I do not, sir.”
“This is a signed and notarized deposition of an interrogation of Miss Kamisorov conducted by the FBI,” the senator said. “You’ve been a very naughty boy, Mr. Secretary. Miss Kamisorov testified that she offered to have sex with you in exchange for your providing her with state secrets. Would you like to modify your statement at this point?”
“At this time,” the Secretary said, “I will exercise my rights under the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America and refuse to answer on the grounds of self-incrimination.”
Written for the Let It Bleed Weekly Prompt Challenge from Saumya Agrawal’s Randomness Inked blog. The prompt for this week is the word “pause.” Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (recall), Ragtag Daily Prompt (picture), Word of the Day Challenge (naughty), and Your Daily Word Prompt (modify).