He then cracked, “Because I never got caught.”

The lawmaker wasn’t the only jokester at the event. He also shared a story of an exchange he had with “Dirty Harry” star and last year’s Republican National Convention celebrity speaker Clint Eastwood, while the two were at the Smithsonian.

“I was standing next to [Eastwood] for the photograph. And the photographer says, ‘Everybody move a little to their right,’ ” Leahy explained. “Eastwood leaned over to me and said, ‘Patrick, easy for me, not so easy for you.’ ”