CNN thought it had captured a rare and profound moment on film when Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday asked acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan if the separations caused by enforcing the existing law are “humane.”

“I think — I think it’s the law,” Homan replied.

Asked again specifically if it was “humane,” Homan said, “I think it’s the law and I’m a law enforcement officer and I follow the law.” He added that he thought it was “inhumane” instead when parents pay smugglers to illegally bring their kids, who are often abused along the way, to the U.S.

But because there was a gap in Homan’s speech that lasted less than three seconds, on a question he had already answered, CNN swore it had gold, tweeting out the clip and telling followers to “watch the head of ICE pause when asked by Wolf Blitzer if the policy of separating children from their parents is humane.”