Let's say a policeman wants to ask a question to a suspect, but he fears that the suspect might not give an honest answer. So the policeman starts talking about other things first that hopefully will minimize this problem.
Are the following sentences correct in this case? Are there better verbs (phrasal verbs) that can be used?
A) The policeman warmed up the suspect for the question.
B) The policeman paved the way for the question.