The Godfather: Part II

For years many of my constituents
have been of Italian descent.

I've come to know them well.
They have honoured me
with their support and their friendship.

I can proudly say that some of my
very best friends are Italian-Americans.

However, Mr. Chairman, unfortunately
I have to leave these proceedings,

in order to preside over a very important
meeting of my own committee.

Before I leave, I do want to say this,
that these hearings on the Mafia
are in no way whatsoever

a slur upon the great Italian people.
I can state from my own knowledge
and experience

that Italian-Americans are among
the most loyal, most law-abiding,

patriotic, hard-working
American citizens in this land.

It would be a shame, Mr. Chairman,
if we allowed a few rotten apples

to give a bad name to the whole barrel.
Because from the time of Christopher
Columbus to the time of Enrico Fermi,

right up to the present day,
Italian-Americans have been pioneers
in building and defending our nation.

They are the salt of the earth, and
one of the backbones of this country.

I'm sure we all agree
with our esteemed colleague.

Mr. Corleone, you have been advised
as to your legal rights.

We have testimony from
a previous witness, one Willi Cicci.

He stated that you are head of the most
powerful Mafia family in the country.

- Are you?
- No, I'm not.

He testified that you are personally

for the murder of a New York
police captain in 1947,

and with him a man
named Virgil Sollozzo.

- Do you deny this?
- Yes, I do.