The Godfather: Part II

No, I'll allow Mr. Corleone to read
his statement. I'll put it in the record.

In the hopes of clearing
my family name,

to give my children their share
of the American way of life

without a blemish on their name
and background,

I have appeared before this committee
and given it all my cooperation.

I consider it a great personal dishonour
to have to deny that I am a criminal.

I wish to have the following noted
for the record:

That I served my country faithfully
in World War Two

and was awarded the Navy Cross
for actions in defence of my country.

That I have never been arrested
or indicted for any crime.

That no proof linking me to any
criminal conspiracy,

whether it is called Mafia
or Cosa Nostra or any other name,

has ever been made public.
I have not taken refuge behind the Fifth
Amendment, although I may do so.

I challenge this committee to produce
any witness or evidence against me,

and if they do not, I hope they will have
the decency to clear my name

with the same publicity
with which they have besmirched it.

I'm sure we're impressed. Particularly
with your love for our country.

We'll be in recess until 10 a.m. Monday,
when we will produce a witness who'll
corroborate the charges against you.

At which time you may very well
be subject to indictment for perjury.

I remind you that you're still
under subpoena. Adjourned!

Ten-to-one shot, you said.
He would take the Fifth, and I'd lose.