There’s a reason for this. The reason lies at the heart of law enforcement methodology in general and federal law enforcement abuse of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001 in particular.
Imagine this scenario, based on an actual situation:
A business associate calls you and says, “my dear business associate, the shit has hit the fan; Federal Agency X is investigating Project Y we did together. Two Agency X agents are interviewing people.”
“Oh coitus,” says you, or words to that effect, and terminate the conversation.
Later that day, two well-dressed and polite agents of Agency X visit you. Because you despise me and want me to weep and gnash my teeth, you consent to be interviewed. At some point, they ask you “have you talked about this investigation with anyone?”
“No,” you say.
At the end of the interview, it occurs to you to ask, “Hey, am I in trouble? Do I need a lawyer?”
The agents smirk. “No,” they say. “I mean, unless you lied about talking to anyone about this investigation.”See, you’ve fallen into a false statement trap,