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quick-witted and direct:
Lobbying is about foresight. About
anticipating your opponent’s moves
and devising countermeasures. The
just after they play theirs.
who stands, frustrated, as that wasn’t the answer he wanted.
Tell me you’re going to take this
seriously when you’re in there.
them, and they don’t surprise you.
You’re gonna say that? Come on,
of your work?
Upon the advice of counsel, I must
Posner claps sarcastically.
Those words - when you’re not taking
those words, in that order, are all
you’re gonna say.
Ms. Sloane, on average, would you say
less than once a month?
allowed to deviate slightly? On the
advice of counsel? On the advice of
my attorney? I understand if that
last one’s too adventurous for you.
You do not
could just shout ‘Fifth’.
Can I use a silly voice?
Upon the advice of counsel...
the waiting room. Softly:
This isn’t a joke. They want you
behind bars. You make one statement,
correct one nefarious allegation,
answer everything. You’re being taken
national press, they’re gonna rile
you so bad they’d make Gandhi wanna
Daniel. When I take the stand, you’ll
but her would’ve noticed the near-imperceptible blemish.
Posner glances at his watch.
You’re on in five.
Ms. Sloane. Good luck.
She does not shake.
You’re on retainer, Mr. Posner, to
remove luck from the equation.
and mutes once more as it closes.
unblocked. As if suddenly weak in the knees, she sits back
extingiushed from her eyes.
Breathe. Breathe... Breathe.
Definitively, she closes her palm on the box as those
determined eyes blink back into existence.