Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) Movie Script

You got a cloudy Monday ahead today
here in the nation's capital.
Chance of rain showers and a likely
chance of some drizzle that continues...
REPORTER 2: With President Nixon
facing an uncertain re-election,
candidates for the Democratic Party
are accusing him
of failing to end
American involvement in Vietnam.
REPORTER 3: Members of the Committee
to re-elect the President
were in Jacksonville today
on their campaign trip through Florida.
And for a report on that,
here's Georgia Wilson.
GEORGIA WILSON: Wife of the Attorney
General, Mrs. Richard Kleindienst.
MAN: (ON RADIO) This is the final weekend
of our month-long extravaganza sale.
All sizes all on sale!
REPORTER 2: In Washington,
yet another public demonstration
by some citizens opposed to the Vietnam War.
Reporter Alan Witten.
ALAN WITTEN: It was festive
as the crowd turned to Capitol Hill.
In an hour's time,
several thousand people had joined hands
to form a complete circle of war protest
around the US Capitol.
WOMAN: (ON RADIO) Clean and Shine
to the rescue! Cleans up stains,
only the shine remains. No rubbing.
No trimming, no foul smells.
REPORTER 2: A sharp recession
has shaken economic confidence.
As a result, a large field of
Democratic challengers has emerged
and would beat Nixon
if the election were held today.
- MAN: (ON RADIO) Five different flavors!
- WOMAN (ON RADIO): Five different meals!
TOGETHER: One happy family!
One, two, three, four!
We don't want your fucking war!
One, two, three, four!
We don't want your fucking war!
Gentlemen. Mr. Dean.
Goddamn Russian revolution out there.
Why aren't we arresting anybody?
Because that isn't a crime.
Right now the president needs your advice.
Yeah, Hoover's run the FBI, what, 40 years?
- Fifty.
- Fifty goddamn years.
You know, Johnson and Kennedy
wanted to fire him, don't you?
But they didn't have the balls.
If the president were to ask
Mr. Hoover to step aside,
how would you suggest he do it?
We know you to be a friend
to this administration.
We like to see our friends
get what they deserve.
- You're next in line.
- There is no line, Mr. Mitchell.
The president is asking.
Mr. Hoover would want to keep
his bullet-proof car.
You're a real politician, Felt.
Then thanks for popping by.
If I may.
There is one thing Mr. Hoover knows
that's been on all your minds.
Whenever the FBI hears
a piece of gossip or information,
such as "I saw so-and-so out
with another woman, not his wife,"
or a man, not his wife,
we're supposed
to write everything down, and we do.
We write it all down in memos.
These memos come to me,
and I decide what information
Mr. Hoover needs to know,
and send that up to Mr. Hoover.
And Mr. Hoover puts it all away
in his private files,
to be kept safe,
out of the hands of people
without discretion,
people who could do harm should that
information be leaked, for instance,
and put before the court of public opinion.
And then sometimes Mr. Hoover
will go, for instance,
to the president's closest aides and say,
Mr. Ehrlichman or Mr. Mitchell,
"I want you to know
that we received that report
"about you and that other woman,
"and I want to tell you
that there is absolutely no reason
"for us to take any further action.
"There is no violation.
"You're safe.
"We, the FBI...
"All your secrets are safe with us."
How long have you been in the FBI, Felt?
Thirty years.
JOHN DEAN: Thirty years.
That's a lot of information, a lot of files.
Thank you, Mr. Felt.
Thank you, gentlemen. Mr. Dean.
- Choke on your Manhattan.
ED MILLER: Have a little something.
- AUDREY: Hello, darling.
- MARK: Hey, sweetie.
I give you the chief dragon slayer
and guardian of the American dream.
Oh, come on, Mark. Crack a smile, at least!
Eddie, let me go.
Eddie, leave her alone.
She's the best. Come here, you.
- PAT MILLER: Did you hear that?
- I need a drink.
- I am the best.
- I heard that.
- PAT: Hi, hon.
- MARK: Hi, sweetie.
- Look what I've done.
- Look what you're doing.
What were you doing?
Yes, sir.
PAT: Keep the hips down.
Look at your feet.
Come on, attitude.
Eddie, they're elegant!
- MARK: Good morning.
- Good morning.
- Is the director in?
- Not yet.
Here's that Weather Underground file.
- How many bombings now?
- Couple dozen.
Precise numbers, Mr. Miller.
Nails and ball bearings.
These kids aren't messing around.
They're embarrassing the FBI.
Get the New York office.
He's dead.
Mr. Hoover's dead.
His housekeeper found him on the floor.
He wasn't breathing.
It looks like a stroke.
Put everything into motion.
No mistakes, gentlemen. Not one.
Good morning, Felt.
The assistant Attorney General.
Pat Gray.
Complicated morning for all of us.
Indeed. Mr. Miller, here, will be
handling the funeral arrangements.
I have the Attorney General's
instructions on seating and protocol.
The funeral will be handled by the FBI.
The Attorney General
will sit beside the vice president.
Handled by the FBI in its own way, Mr. Gray.
I also have instructions
on Mr. Hoover's files.
I am to take possession of them
and bring them to the White House.
What files?
Mr. Hoover's secret files.
The Personal and Confidentials.
Official and Confidentials.
There are no secret files.
MAN: We thank thee this day
with arms open for J. Edgar Hoover,
for his lifelong trust in thee,
his steadfast devotion to the nation,
his elevated patriotism,
his commitment to justice
and peace in the nation.
We ask that we may be as strong,
- brave as he was brave...
- Excuse me.
- MAN: Loyal as he was loyal...
- Pardon me.
Serve as he served,
love the nation as he loved it.
MAN: Felt!
ED: Jesus. Bill Sullivan.
I'd like a word with you.
Bill Sullivan and Mark Felt, together again.
Who would have thought it?
I think I was the one
who recommended you to the old man
for your first big promotion.
- MARK: You know you were.
- That's right. Mark Felt never forgets.
That's why everyone likes you.
Hell, I even like you.
And I don't like anybody.
What do you want?
I had 30 years in the bureau.
Same as you.
- You were the director's bag man.
- Oh, yeah?
You taped Martin Luther King with other women
and sent the pictures to his wife.
Do you need me to actually say it?
Those days were gone. You had to go.
You could be you, Mark,
only because I was who I was.
You and I were an ecosystem.
That's how nature works.
Keeps everything in a balance.
Now, the king is dead.
Long live the king.
- Are you the new king?
- You tell me.
You're the president's new best friend.
Mark Felt.
Integrity, bravery, fidelity.
Ladies and gentlemen, the G-man's G-man.
You want to know what everybody
really thinks of you? Do you?
Competent, reliable, loyal.
- What's wrong with that?
- Nothing.
If you're a golden retriever.
Hoover's gone.
You're alone now,
holding the end of your own leash.
Attorney General, line one.
Well, I have enjoyed every day of it.
The FBI has been home to me
and my family for 30 years and...
"A new day."
Yes, a fresh start.
It's what I would do.
Who do you have in mind?
I'm sorry. Could you repeat that? Who?
- Welcome to the FBI.
- A friendly face.
Now, Mr. Gray.
I know the bureau
has its closets and skeletons.
You can count on me to keep those doors shut.
I'll be candid with you.
I was a submarine commander in the navy.
I was father, confessor and friend
to 18-year-olds.
Did you know that?
I'm not a suspicious man by nature.
That probably makes me
a strange choice to run the FBI.
In fact, when the president called my wife
she begged me to turn him down, but...
But the president wasn't asking,
if you know what I mean.
Now, let me be candid with you, Mr. Gray.
The FBI is the most respected
institution in the world.
It is one of the two cockpits
that fly America,
and it is what it is because no one
from the outside ever got inside.
Mr. Hoover has been old, a long time.
We all know it's been you
running the FBI, Felt.
- Your reputation is stellar.
- Let me finish.
You have no law enforcement experience.
You're an outsider.
That is your battle to fight,
but I'm going to help you.
- Well, I appreciate that.
- Don't.
It's not an act of generosity.
This is about this building
and what goes on in here
and what it means to the country.
That is all I care about.
As long as you keep the FBI first,
you'll be able to count on me.
This is your office.
I thought the job was yours.
What did I miss?
You and Mr. Hoover.
Don't you remember
why he said he liked you so much?
He always said
you and he had the same enemies.
That's why.
Thirty years.
Thirteen transfers.
Thirteen homes to leave.
Thirteen homes to make.
I left behind every friend I ever made.
And I kept my mouth shut,
like the perfect little FBI wife.
Until one day you wake up
and you're so different than you used to be
you can't even remember
what the point was in the first place.
Till there's just one thing left in my head.
The one idea left in my head is,
at least Mark's going to get that job.
- And that will make up for everything.
- Audrey.
They don't deserve you.
They don't deserve us.
You need to resign.
When the bureau is in better hands,
then, I'll go.
- What is it?
- This is getting complicated.
You better get down here.
REPORTER: Five men wearing white gloves
and carrying cameras
were caught early today in the headquarters
of the Democratic National Committee,
in Washington.
They apparently were unarmed
and nobody knows yet
why they were even there.
MARK: Mr. Kunkel.
Straight into the Democrat offices
in the Watergate.
Who's our spy?
ROBERT KUNKEL: Baldwin, Alfred C.
Checked in six weeks ago.
Says he was more than just the lookout.
He says he was supposed
to listen for "girlie stuff."
Guess the Dems are having
a lot of trouble with their wives.
He say where he got his instructions?
Baldwin is one of ours.
He worked under Bill Sullivan.
When he was in the bureau,
was he in Mr. Sullivan's group?
KUNKEL: We think so.
MARK: What about CIA connections?
No idea. Why?
Because 30 minutes ago
four of those burglars told a judge
they are ex-CIA.
What the hell is this?
REPORTER: One of the most fascinating
and exotic stories
ever to come out of Washington, DC,
was the talk of the capital today.
Robert Endicott covered the story.
Democratic officials today
held a series of meetings
to talk about tighter security
at the national headquarters
here in Washington.
REPORTER 2: The White House
has so far offered no official comment,
but a close adviser to the president,
seen here visiting China last month,
has said the president
is most concerned about the break-in
and will be keeping
a very close eye on the investigation.
Now, turning to other news...
Mr. Lano is running street on this.
2:15, Sunday morning,
Metro finds our perps inside the
Democratic National Committee office.
We ID'd the lead. He's a pro.
Five years in the FBI, 19 in the CIA.
Then he left the CIA to run security
for the Attorney General.
Then he ran security for the White House
for the Committee to Re-elect the President.
CHARLIE BATES: The lead burglar ran security
for the Committee to Re-elect the President?
- Is that what you said?
- MARK: That's what he said. Keep going.
Yeah, it gets weirder.
The lookout in here, three years FBI.
Then the Attorney General recruits him
to be his wife's personal bodyguard.
Just keep going.
ANGELO LANO: The lookout makes
a Howard Hunt the ringleader.
Hunt's also ex-CIA.
But get this,
a year ago we were asked to do
a background check
on Hunt for a government job.
- Did we clear him?
- LANO: Yeah.
For a job at the White House
as a "consultant on highly sensitive,
confidential matters."
That's a job title?
White House, Justice and the CIA
are gonna want to know everything we know.
But we aren't going to tell them. Anything.
The Attorney General already called.
Nobody talks to the Attorney General.
- We answer to the Attorney General.
- You answer to me.
What about the director?
I'll take care of the director.
REPORTER: There is still no explanation
why the Watergate suspects
might have attempted
to bug Democratic headquarters.
A spokesman for the Attorney General
said yesterday
that the FBI is already investigating.
Their report will be turned over to the
criminal division for appropriate...
John Dean, the president's counsel,
just went into the director's office.
- Let me know when he comes out.
- Yes, Mr. Felt.
The director's leaving in a bit to play golf.
What's John Dean doing here in this building?
This is a remarkable amount of information
about the break-in.
We're still gathering string.
This is just the beginning.
First of all, there are no more interviews
with White House or CIA people
without permission.
- What?
- Whose permission?
Give us a minute.
Get out.
The FBI is an independent body.
I'm aware of that.
Are you also aware that means
we don't need permission
to do anything from anybody?
You give that up just one time,
you don't ever get it back. Ever.
Let's not get dramatic.
We don't even know what this is.
That's right. We don't.
But we're going to find out.
That's what we do.
You don't work for them.
You're the director of the FBI now.
Forty-eight hours.
We put the investigation to bed
and get on with the rest of our lives
in two days.
You've got 48 hours.
Thank you.
Nice to see you.
What brings you back?
Two words.
Re... Venge.
WAITRESS: Was everything all right, Daniel?
DANIEL: It's great as always.
WAITRESS: Your total's going to be $47.70.
DANIEL: Thanks, darlin'.
WAITRESS: There you go.
I'll see you next time.
DANIEL: Say hi to your mama.
You look like hell.
Have some food.
- WAITRESS: How are you, sir?
- Just coffee, thanks.
So, what does this look like to you, Sandy,
and your pals at Time magazine?
Oh, the Watergate thing?
Honestly, I...
No one at Time magazine or any newspaper
I know can figure it out.
Ex-spooks get caught planting bugs?
Does have a particular odor to it though.
I bet your old pal Bill Sullivan
sure misses the FBI.
Because I heard the White House
gave him some bullshit job,
waiting for Hoover to kick off.
Sullivan wants back in.
The president wants him back in
to run the FBI their way.
Nixon and Sullivan.
Those two were made for each other.
WAITRESS: Here you go.
Could we have some pie, please?
WAITRESS: What kind?
We have apple, blueberry...
You pick.
What are we doing out here, Mark?
I was given 48 hours.
To do what?
Wrap up the Watergate investigation.
By who?
Pat Gray, the director of the FBI,
ordered the FBI
to stop its own investigation?
There are calls we are not allowed to make
and phone and bank records we can't go near.
MARK: Thank you.
In all the years I've known you,
you've never given up a single,
real secret.
Nothing but the company line.
These are uncharted waters for you.
So, one more time. What are we doing?
You looking for a little help?
I want the FBI left alone to do its job.
That's all I want.
And you want me to light a fire
around the edges
with a story.
Well, I can see why
they didn't give you the job.
They must be terrified of you.
- Come on, come on.
- WOMAN: Washington Post.
I miss you.
I know I'm not supposed to say that.
- MARK: It's okay to say that.
- No.
It's too touchy-feely.
I need you too much.
Where were you tonight?
The switchboard said
they didn't know where you were.
Because I didn't tell them.
Well, what about Mrs. Tschudy?
She didn't know either.
But you taught her
to always say that, didn't you?
MARK: Have you been making the calls
about Joan?
AUDREY: I've called all her friends.
They haven't heard from her in nearly a year.
Are you looking for her?
Is the most powerful law enforcement agency
in the world looking for her?
I can't do that.
It's against the rules?
We don't know what they will find.
Do we?
Where the hell did they get that?
Mr. Bates.
This Washington Post story says
we know who the Watergate ringleader is.
Then, this morning,
our Time magazine pal, Sandy Smith,
called the acting director
to say that he is prepping a story
that the FBI is plotting a whitewash.
He said the director has put
a 48-hour cap on the investigation.
- What's your point?
- Is that true?
Someone in this office
is talking to the press.
The point, Mr. Lano,
is that leaks kill investigations.
- Whoa, whoa. Okay.
- Take it down, Angie.
You want to conduct
a leak investigation, be my guest.
But you got 200 field agents from
here to LA all chasing down leads,
so you're gonna have to ask them all, too.
Tone, in front of Mr. Felt.
I can guarantee it wasn't me
or any of the guys in this room.
Donald H. Segretti.
You pulled that name
from Howard Hunt's phone records.
He called Hunt a few dozen times, yeah.
This says Segretti used to be a lawyer
in the Treasury Department,
paid out of the account
that funded the Watergate.
An account belonging to
the Committee to Re-elect the President.
- Who is the head of the committee?
- John Mitchell.
Former Attorney General, John Mitchell.
The best we can make out is
Segretti's some kind of prankster.
You know, like he's spying on the Dems,
sending their wives dirty pictures.
- It's all bottom-feeder, frat boy stuff.
- Indictable under election laws.
Forget the plot of the story, Mr. Kunkel.
What's the theme? What's it saying?
What does it mean?
Like Angie, like Mr. Lano said,
we are still vetting the leads.
All the ugly politics,
all the dirty money, all the sleaze.
(SHOUTING) It means the goddamn punks
are running the country!
Keep going.
LANO: You might want to talk to
the White House about those leaks.
- Why?
- 'Cause whenever I'm lucky enough
to get someone over there
to actually talk to me,
they know what I'm gonna ask before I ask it.
It's like they already know
what I want to know.
Mr. Felt, I have the White House
on the phone. Mr. John Dean.
MARK: Put him through.
Mr. Dean.
DEAN: The White House is concerned
about these press leaks.
Of course.
We think the source
must be someone in the FBI.
Why FBI?
DEAN: That's where the information is.
MARK: Those stories could have come
from someone in the White House.
We want you to do something
about it, Mr. Felt.
- MARK: Okay.
- Now.
But I don't understand.
- Which part?
- The part about you calling me.
The White House
has no authority over the FBI.
- We can...
- At all, Mr. Dean.
But we can suggest...
I'm afraid the White House
has nothing to suggest to the FBI.
- Thank you, Mr. Felt.
- Thank you, Mr. Dean.
I want you to disappear
our investigation on these two names.
Get them off the interview list.
I don't get it. They're nobody.
Just do it.
Then make sure you say you did it
in Monday's memo for the director.
Thank you.
Your daily Watergate briefing.
Thanks, Charlie. May I call you Charlie?
How much of what we are getting
on Watergate am I actually seeing?
Mr. Felt gives me the headlines.
I type them up.
I give Mr. Felt the original
and bring you a copy.
Mr. Felt doesn't want
to waste your time with details.
Okay, Mr. Gray.
Mr. Kunkel!
Director Gray wanted you to know
he understands you and your boys
are doing a hell of a job.
Well, thank Mr. Gray, and not to worry.
We'll gather the whole ball of yarn.
Mr. Gray also wanted you to know
that there was gonna be a small change
in procedure in the information flow.
How and, more precisely, where it flows.
Not just the headlines, but the story itself.
The details, as it were.
Does Mr. Felt know?
Of course.
Angie Lano called me last night.
He told me that he called the White House
to set up a round of interviews.
Half hour later the White House called back
to tell me that we can't talk
to two of the guys
because their names were taken off the list.
The two names you told me.
How would the White House know?
I guess somebody told them.
The only people who knew were me and you.
And Mr. Gray.
And Mr. Gray.
BATES: We need to find out what Gray has,
and how he's getting it.
Did I do something wrong?
Mr. Bates tells me
you've been giving Mr. Gray everything
we're collecting on Watergate.
All our interviews, all of our files.
Did Mr. Gray tell you to bypass me?
Well, he didn't say
it was a secret or anything.
But he said that you knew.
How often did you give him our files?
- Every day.
- Why?
We know why.
Did you give the Attorney General
any information about our investigation?
- I don't talk to the Attorney General.
- Did you, Mr. Bates?
Mr. Miller?
The Attorney General called me this morning
about something
he could only have heard from the FBI.
He's putting a box around Watergate.
We can't touch anything before the break-in.
We have to stay away
from all the White House corruption.
In other words,
the crimes that matter don't matter.
For the first time in its history, the FBI
has been quarantined.
Crimes that it knows about
will go uninvestigated.
- Mr. Felt...
- Thank you, Mr. Kunkel.
So, with everything we have right now,
if we could get indictments,
in your opinion, who would we get?
How high?
Maybe Attorney General.
What about the president?
What about the president?
If the president's lying...
Is the president lying?
They're all lying.
Then, yes.
Maybe the president.
As the investigations went forward,
I repeatedly asked
those conducting the investigation
whether there was any reason to believe
that members of my administration
were in any way involved.
I received repeated assurances
that there were none.
I discounted the stories in the press.
DICK CAVETT: Who do you think gave
the orders to bug the Watergate?
the persons who the grand jury indicted
in Washington, DC, last week,
gave the orders to do it.
You don't think
they were following orders, then?
- No, I do not.
- There's nobody higher?
There has been no evidence
presented that anybody did that.
I think the opposition is disappointed
that after such a thorough,
intensive investigation
that just seven persons were indicted.
NEWS ANCHOR: The Watergate break-in
took a dramatic turn
when one of the defendants,
former White House consultant E. Howard Hunt,
changed his plea to guilty.
REPORTER: The judge accepted
the guilty pleas of the four Miami men
on the condition
that they answer his questions
on who else was involved in Watergate.
With the crucial questions
of who, and what, were behind it all
still unanswered.
GRAY: I got a call from across the river.
- MARK: Which river is that?
- GRAY: The Potomac.
The CIA.
The CIA is telling us we need to taper off.
Taper off?
- GRAY: We're getting too close.
- MARK: Too close to what?
I can't tell you.
You can't, or you won't?
It's a matter of national security.
NIXON: We are doing everything that
we can to investigate this incident.
No one on the White House staff,
no one in this administration
was involved in this very bizarre incident.
GRAY: The CIA is telling us
we need to taper off.
MAN: Disappointed. Disappointed.
NIXON: No one in this administration...
GRAY: We're getting too close.
It's a matter of national security.
NEWS ANCHOR: A bomb exploded
early this morning in the Pentagon
and left-wing terrorists
telephoned newspapers
to say they were responsible.
People calling themselves members
of the Weather Underground...
- Yes?
- GRAY: Are you watching this?
I see it.
- GRAY: What about the White House?
- It's at the top of their list.
I told you that three months ago.
- GRAY: But can they really hit it?
- They just hit the Pentagon.
I want us to open files on every member
of every counterculture organization
in the country.
Hunt them to exhaustion. No holds barred.
The president is fighting
for the White House.
That's not my job.
The president needs order.
I promised the president he'd have order.
GRAY: Which brings me to my next point, Felt.
I spoke to the Attorney General.
The Attorney General
is going to officially announce
we have found nothing
connecting the president on Watergate.
What? But that's not real.
I know. And the president knows
you are still pursuing it.
You're never going to find
what you're chasing.
I want it to end. It's time to finish it.
Shut it down.
I hear you and your wife
are registered Democrats, Mark.
I hope you're not going
to let that get in the way.
MARK: The Weather Underground,
they're combining.
They're multiplying.
We'll never get warrants. Not now.
We're not talking about the kids
sleeping out there in the parks.
We're talking about people who would
burn your children alive in their beds.
People die because we stick
to the letter of the law,
we lose everything, including the law.
We're taking off the gloves.
Entries, taps, nothing on paper.
No warrants.
Mr. Miller's people report to Mr. Miller.
Mr. Miller reports to me.
Just like the bad old days.
Where's Bill Sullivan when you need him?
He's over at the White House,
protecting the nation by spying
on senators and their mistresses
while we're here just trying to
keep all this goddamn mess together.
Hey, look.
We're on your side here.
All I'm saying is, all that was behind us.
Even Hoover knew the dirty stuff was over.
That's why Bill's gone.
All I'm saying is, everyone is watching.
How many more kids do we have to lose?
How many more
do we let just vanish into eternity?
I am not Bill Sullivan.
This is still the goddamn FBI.
I don't want to intrude.
Then don't.
You heard from her?
You think she's involved with all this?
The Underground?
How could she?
She's just like me. Exactly like me.
She worships you.
She's okay.
I can feel it, Mark.
There's a price to pay for what we do,
Mr. Miller.
There's a price to pay for what we become.
We all pay it, one way or another.
Watergate was the most intensive,
objective and thorough investigation
in the history of the
US Attorney's office and the FBI.
The Justice Department has now completed
its criminal investigation
without implicating any present official
of either the White House
or the Committee to Re-elect the President.
- Completed?
- KLEINDIENSTCK: Any questions?
What the hell, man?
Get me Felt on the phone.
- DEAN: As to the White House?
- Hold on, hold on. Wait a second.
I understand the FBI's Watergate
investigation is in a state of repose
and unlikely to be reopened.
Anybody tell us this was over yet?
Get me Felt on the phone! Or Bates!
God damn it, get me Felt!
- She can't.
- Why the hell not?
'Cause he's right there.
And now, let's return to the press
conference of the US Attorney General.
Maybe she's dead.
Maybe she just gave up.
Didn't think anybody cared.
Maybe she's right out there watching us.
To see what a man like you does
when your daughter just vanishes one night
for no good reason.
Joan had a reason for everything.
You hated her.
Mothers don't hate their daughters.
It's just not always easy being one.
You dressed her up like a doll,
until she got old enough
to look just like you.
You kept telling her to get out
until one day she listened to you.
Listen to me.
I had no mother.
But she did.
She did.
My father just left.
So, yes, she gave me up
to foster homes,
then the orphanage.
- But you know all about that, don't you?
- Yeah.
Then I made my own way.
Until you.
My white knight.
Our homes are the only homes I've ever known.
You were both mine.
GRAY: How's home, Mark?
Why are you asking?
That daughter of yours, Jill?
Well, I hear she's terrific.
Fulbright scholar, first girl in the country.
A chip off the old block.
I want you to be the first
to hear my statement to the press.
"No pressure has been put on me
"or any of my special agents
in the FBI's investigation
"and that it strains..." I thought
I would just nip this in the bud.
"It strains credulity that President Nixon
"could have done a con job
on the whole American people."
What do you think?
It's just fine.
KUNKEL: The Democrats
have issued a statement this morning.
"The FBI's Watergate investigation
is a whitewash.
"What is involved here is not only
the political life of this nation
"but the very morality of our leaders
"at a time when the United States
desperately needs to revitalize
"its moral standards."
"The FBI's Watergate investigation
"is a whitewash."
That's it.
Well, gentlemen.
Here's what we know.
We know what we've heard
out of the Department of Justice
the past two days is bullshit.
We know the men who broke into the Watergate
are not the end of this thing,
but the beginning.
We know this is the latest link
in a chain of illegal,
covert intelligence operations
by the president's re-election campaign.
We know we are facing obstruction
from multiple fronts.
From the White House.
From the CIA.
From the Attorney General
of the United States,
who is our boss, by the way.
It is not our job to speculate
on the involvement of the president.
It is our job to follow the bread crumbs.
But those bread crumbs appear to be taking us
on a tour of the West Wing
of the White House,
and in the general direction
of the Oval Office.
We also know we've been ordered
to shut down our pursuit of all this
as of today.
And we know that except
for the 30 men in this room,
no one in the entire country
knows any of this
and may never know any of this.
No one can stop the driving force
of an FBI investigation.
Not even the FBI.
MARK: Segretti.
I'm going to give you the name of a man
who was asked to work
for the Nixon administration
in an unusual way.
What are you talking about?
There's only one way to understand
what Watergate really means,
and this is it.
The name
is Alex Shipley.
He lives in Nashville.
The man who approached him
was a lawyer out of LA
named Donald Segretti.
Shipley can tell you everything
you need to know.
Will Shipley talk?
I guess you're going
to have to find that out.
One more thing.
This comes from classified FBI files.
The Department of Justice has it,
the White House has it,
and, now, you have it.
REPORTER 1: Let's just get on
with the election and stop this nonsense
about there having been
a political espionage campaign
against the Democrats.
REPORTER 2: Here's what's making
the news at the top of the hour.
North Vietnamese military attempts
to break through South Vietnamese lines
have been met with an intense
bombing attack by a US aircraft.
General Creighton Abrams,
the United States commander in Vietnam,
ordered every available B-52
into the northern sector of South Vietnam.
REPORTER 3: Though baseball season is over,
the Philadelphia Phils went to
the Ozarks for a new manager today.
Los Angeles coach Danny Ozark
was the surprise choice
of Phils' general manager, Paul Owens.
Ozark has had no big league
managerial experience...
MARK: Mr. Woodward.
The story isn't moving.
Everyone stopped listening to you.
This isn't the same as before.
We're lost in detail.
That's their plan.
They want everyone confused.
Confusion is control.
The truth could ruin the administration.
How high?
How high does it go?
MARK: You still don't understand
what I'm giving you.
This is dangerous stuff you're playing with.
Especially, if it's known
before November 7th.
That's election day.
You put out the right story,
the public will scream.
The Attorney General
will have to let me keep going.
My editors know that I'm talking to somebody,
but not who.
They don't ask.
No one understands
how one person knows so much.
No one can possibly know how much I know.
With all this mystery,
there's a nickname for you at the paper.
- Deep Throat.
- What?
They didn't know what else to call you.
That's just...
They shouldn't have to call me anything.
Take out your notebook. There's more.
AUDREY: "FBI agents have established
Watergate bugging incident,
"massive campaign
of political spying and sabotage.
"'There is some very powerful information, '
"said one federal official,
"'especially if it's known
before election day."'
REPORTER: The White House
is vigorously denouncing a story
in The Washington Post this morning
accusing the administration
of engaging in a secret political war.
REPORTER 2: White House Press Secretary
Ron Ziegler is calling the story
a pack of scurrilous lies and innuendo.
REPORTER 1: Based on baseless,
cowardly sources
inside the Department of Justice.
GRAY: He's here, Mark. He has to be.
There's a spy in the FBI.
"FBI agents have established..."
"One federal investigative official said..."
"According to FBI reports..."
That's us, God damn it.
There is information in here
that the bureau only got 72 hours ago.
Are you goddamn joking?
Mr. Felt,
you had something you wanted to say.
The last few days, I've heard various people
accuse Mr. Lano of leaking to the press.
- You've got to be kidding me!
- Him?
And that he and certain newspaper reporters
- have been seen together.
- I'm going to be sick.
I wanted to say to you, Mr. Lano,
in front of everyone here
that I know these are
vicious lies by jealous agents.
You're doing a fine job, and no matter what,
the director and I will support you.
Mr. Gray.
GRAY: I may not be an FBI lifer
like some of you.
I'm certainly no Mark Felt.
Since I arrived here,
I have put up with paranoia,
insubordination, second-guessing.
Gentlemen, it's come to Jesus time.
Whoever the leaker is,
whoever is the Judas among you,
betraying me,
the other good men in this room,
his family, God,
not to mention the bureau
and the legacy of J. Edgar Hoover,
step forward.
Right here, right now.
Charlie, we got an office pool
on who the leak is.
My money's on you.
KUNKEL: It's just one big game, Charlie.
We're all just chess pieces.
You gotta remember that.
What's the body count?
Eight, so far.
You, me, a few guys on my team.
- Where are they sending you?
- St. Louis.
But I don't know
how much more I have left in me.
San Francisco.
Well, at least, it's Frisco.
How many years you put in here, Charlie?
The whole run.
My kids were born here.
REPORTER 1: Whatever Watergate was,
whatever it wasn't,
the American people don't seem
to understand, nor care,
as Nixon has won in a landslide.
I appreciate you taking the time, Mr. Felt.
I always take care of my people, Mr. Bates.
In fact, my father always said to me,
"Mark, whatever we do,
we have to make our lives vectors."
Lines with force and direction.
You have to destroy anything
that is sick beyond repair
to rescue it from its agony.
And the agony it causes everyone else,
Mr. Bates.
REPORTER 1: It was thought that he might
have a little bit of difficulty.
- Mr. Felt.
- What are you doing, Charlie?
What is it, Mr. Bates?
Here's to you. Bravo.
Genesis commune.
Ben Lomond, California.
Check it thoroughly.
These leaks
are driving the White House crazy.
The White House thinks it knows who it is.
Your name came up.
Do you have any idea what that would mean?
Treason, for one.
Betrayal of everything
the FBI stands for, for another.
Everything you stand for.
So, why would I do it?
I don't know.
I can't imagine their thinking.
Why don't they fire me then?
You know everything.
To them, the only thing worse
than keeping you is firing you.
Dean did say something strange.
Apparently, they know everything
going on inside our shop.
- They have a source.
- Inside the FBI?
He said they hear everything.
We just swept your office for bugs, Mr. Felt.
Do it again!
The knives are out.
More than you know.
MARK: Am I safe?
AGENCY MAN: No one is.
The White House
is gonna sanitize the entire town.
The director of Central Intelligence
will be gone by morning.
MARK: Why?
Apparently, he couldn't
smoke you out fast enough.
The source
of all those stories.
Where does the CIA stand?
AGENCY MAN: The CIA is building a wall.
We'll stay out of your way,
but if we're forced to protect ourselves,
we will.
The FBI will never reach the CIA on this.
And the White House?
Presidents come and go,
but the CIA stays.
The FBI stays.
We are the constants.
I almost forgot.
Time magazine's person of the year
is going to be Richard Nixon.
I thought you'd like to know.
Happy holidays.
GRAY: The president told me
the unthinkable has happened.
He actually misses Hoover.
"Hoover would have gotten
the dogs off him," he said.
"He'd have everyone scared to death."
The White House is going
to make me director permanently.
GRAY: Bill Sullivan will be my number two.
You know what the president said to me today?
He said, "The Germans had the right idea
during World War ll.
"If they went through a town and one
of their soldiers got hit by a sniper,
"they'd line up the whole goddamn town
and kill everyone."
He said, "It's time to clean out the FBI."
You know what that will mean for me.
Remember, they're afraid of you.
Mark, if you did know something,
you could come to me.
We'd be able to work it out together.
We could do something about it.
I can't protect you anymore.
Just give 'em what they want.
The traitor's head on a platter.
SULLIVAN: So, the president asked me
what he should do.
And, I tell him, get rid of everyone
in the interest of the nation.
I didn't mean me, of course.
You don't have many friends left, you know.
A bunch of your FBI pals
told me to cut your nuts off.
Think they'll let you keep your badge?
You got a lot of people worried
in Washington.
They think you're gonna unwrap everything.
Everything from all the years.
Everything we, you and I, know.
Is that what you want to know, Bill?
This your last little errand?
To help the president sleep at night.
I'm just sayin', you open those scabs,
a lot of things underneath.
Just remember, no one likes informers.
They only remember you as a rat,
even if you were their...
Even if you were their rat!
Mr. Felt, Mr. Miller's on the phone.
He needs to speak with you.
- This is Special Agent Clark.
- I don't want to know his name.
Tell him what you told Mr. Bates and me.
I don't think you have anything
to worry about, Mr. Felt.
You don't think.
The commune where the subject, Joan Felt...
Do not say her name.
Where the target is...
Definitely some people of interest in there.
- Maybe some with the Underground.
- But the target?
If you ask me,
just someone's kid looking for a way home.
We never spoke. No paper.
You don't know anything.
Do you know your physics, Sandy?
If you tap repeatedly
on the post of a building,
and the tapping is relentless,
it creates a rhythm.
If you do that long enough
and steadily enough, it will feed back.
The frequencies will align,
the molecules will scramble,
and the whole thing, the whole building
will come apart from the inside
and collapse in on itself,
and all come tumbling down.
The molecules are beginning to scramble.
The FBI is coming apart.
Do you know where that takes us?
Do you want a country
this big, this angry, this confused
without a police department?
Get out your notebook.
May, 1969 and February, 1971.
Mark, are you sure about this?
Between those dates,
White House employees were wiretapped.
Many of them aides to the Secretary of State
and five reporters,
including The New York Times.
You're kidding.
- This is hard for you.
- What part?
All this truth.
The truth is hard for you.
The FBI illegally,
unconstitutionally and reprehensibly
bugged and taped
and secretly photographed and memorialized
every move that those people made.
Them and their wives and
their mistresses and homosexual lovers.
- Who did the wiretaps?
- Bill Sullivan.
It became a rogue FBI operation.
Sullivan drove it. Sullivan and
the White House by themselves.
How 'bout you?
What do you know?
About everything else,
I knew every sordid little detail.
But not this.
They knew they couldn't tell me about this.
Yeah, they couldn't count on you.
The White House is packing
all its crimes in separate little boxes.
Watergate, the spying, the ugliness, the rot.
Each thing in a different box,
so that no one can put it together,
so that no one sees it's all connected.
And no one will care.
But it's all the same big thing.
And Watergate? Just the gateway.
Can you get the story out
before Gray's confirmation hearing?
What you're doing
will bring down the whole house of cards.
But then, you already knew that.
SANDY: Gray is ready to fall now.
Watch where it leads.
Any last-minute advice?
We've gone over everything.
They'll go easy.
You're the president's man.
Mr. Gray. What about this?
I don't know what my position should be.
MARK: It was before your time.
Tell the truth.
No one can argue with the truth.
SENATOR: Mr. Gray, this Time magazine
article by Sandy Smith
contains information on alleged wiretaps
requested by the White House
installed by the FBI.
How do you respond to these charges?
It was before my time, Senator.
What about the assertion in this article
that a White House aide
slipped Donald Segretti,
a target of the bureau's
Watergate investigation,
copies of what the FBI had?
We didn't look into that.
- Why on Earth not?
- I'll have to look into that.
SENATOR: Did you know that the White
House had your confidential file?
I did. Yes, Senator.
Let me tell you how that might have happened.
SENATOR: Please do.
GRAY: White House counsel John Dean told me
the White House wanted everything
the FBI had on Watergate
to help with its own investigation.
Mr. Dean took all those FBI files.
SENATOR: How many Bureau reports
are we talking about?
How many reports did you give Mr. Dean?
I believe it was 82.
As the acting director of the FBI,
why on Earth would you do that?
- Because I was told to.
- SENATOR: By who?
Who would have ordered that?
- The president.
NIXON: One of the most difficult
decisions of my presidency,
I accepted the resignations
of two of my closest associates
in the White House,
Bob Haldeman and John Ehrlichman.
The counsel to the president,
John Dean, has also resigned.
REPORTER: The nation tonight
is in the midst of what may be
the most critical constitutional crisis
in its history.
As a result of the president's action,
the Attorney General has resigned.
REPORTER 2: L. Patrick Gray,
head of the FBI for nearly a year,
will now never take the chair
occupied by J. Edgar Hoover.
REPORTER 3: John Dean told me,
during a conversation,
that the White House masterminded a cover-up.
DEAN: I began by telling the president
that there was a cancer growing
on the presidency,
that it was important this cancer
be removed immediately
because it was growing more deadly every day.
MARK: I found Joan.
Let's go get her.
Oh, my God. It's my parents.
It's all right. I know.
This is your grandson.
Come here, sweetheart.
There we go.
I had this feeling when I was little,
that I couldn't see into his eyes,
that he didn't approve of me.
That he was holding me up
to some impossible standard.
That was me.
When you were sick and you were little,
it was your father
who climbed into bed with you
in his shoes,
his holster, his suit.
He'd sit with you for hours
and rock you till you fell back asleep.
MARK: Oh! Look at that big baby. (CHUCKLES)
Thank you.
- MAN: Mr. Director? We're ready.
- Mr. Felt.
- Mark.
- Mr. Ruckelshaus.
Thank you.
Mr. Felt, thank you for 31 years of service
to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- Thank you.
- ALL: Hear, hear!
- MAN 2: Hey, congratulations.
- MAN 3: Good luck, Mark.
WOMAN: Well done, Mark.
WOMAN 2: Congratulations, sir.
NIXON: I have never been a quitter.
To leave office before my term is completed
is abhorrent to every instinct in my body.
But as president,
I must put the interests of America first.
I shall resign the presidency
effective at noon tomorrow.
Vice President Ford,
will be sworn in as president
at that hour, in this office.
STAN POTTINGER: Counterespionage expert.
Nazi hunter.
You, Mr. Felt, are the G-man's G-man,
a hero and a patriot,
and we are a grateful nation.
Ladies and gentlemen, for the past few weeks
you've heard through testimony
the sounds of the bombs
of the PLO and the Weather Underground
ringing in your ears.
People died.
We were a nation at war at home and abroad.
We don't dispute that.
Now, we ask you to listen
for the sound of the Constitution.
You hear that?
It doesn't make quite as much noise
as a bomb, does it?
It just sits there, silent,
like our conscience,
just as it's done for the last 200 years.
Mr. Felt.
On September 8th, 1972,
did you order 143 FBI agents
across the country
to break into the homes of relatives
of alleged members
of the Weather Underground,
to wiretap their phones and bug their homes?
- Yes.
- Who else?
Who else what?
Who else participated in giving those orders?
- Assistant Director Edward Miller?
- I gave the order.
Acting Director L. Patrick Gray the third?
MARK: I gave the order.
Charles Bates?
You're really gonna sit there and do that?
You're really gonna take that on
for everybody?
I gave the order.
POTTINGER: Mr. Felt, you stated that you
frequently briefed
the Nixon White House on the case.
Maybe you could just give us
a quick snapshot on how that all worked.
I was in constant contact
with the White House on many matters.
In fact, I was in the Oval Office so often,
people used to say I had to be Deep Throat.
What did you just say?
I said I was with the White House,
Dean and so forth, so often,
people thought I was The Washington
Post's source for Watergate.
The person they called, "Deep Throat."
Before the witness is excused,
are there any questions from the jury?
JUROR: Well, were you?
- Was I what?
- JUROR: Were you Deep Throat?