An agent maybe draws his weapon once an entire Presidential term. When we draw our weapon, we intend to use it. Bottom line? Agent Merriweather was assassinated. I want the murder weapon; I don't care if you have to drag the Potomac. If this guy had been one of yours, you would have treated him with a lot more respect.
C'mon, Pete. People would understand that. I mean, Jesus Christ, you took a bullet for the President of the United States, and in the twenty-five years since, you haven't made shift supervisor on a Presidential Detail, and that I know you wanted. But they don't put guys that bend the rules--not even a little bit--in charge of P.P.D., do they? Even if they did take a bullet for the old man.
Now I know it's hard to believe Pete Garrison could be involved in something like this. For some of you, he's a friend. To some, a legend. But the fact is, the evidence against him is overwhelming. So how do we find him? To begin with, know this--he is smarter and more experienced than all of you. You've never trained for this. You are chasing your worst nightmare. He knows how you think. He knows how you operate, and he will use that against you. He also knows it's going to be difficult for you to pull the trigger if you have him in your sights. So I want you to take a second and visualize that. Because there is a very good chance that is exactly how this is going to end.
Listen to me: Pete Garrison was my best friend for ten years...until he slept with my wife. So trust me when I tell you that the only thing Pete Garrison cares about is Pete Garrison.
Pete. They think you're an assassin. They will kill you.
Pete Garrison and I are having an affair. I don't know all the evidence you have against him, but I do know why he failed the lie-detector test. And I know why he was in that coffee shop looking for someone.
Bill, what do you think would happen to the power of the President if people thought I wasn't even safe from my own Secret Service? It took over two hundred years to create the symbol of the presidency and I'm not going to undermine it with something like this. Let's circle the wagons, okay?