As they walk and talk, Richmond spots Linden out of the corner of his eye. She has come to get all the records of when Ahmed used the campaign car for All-Stars. Richmond insists she has all the records, she calmly tells him she doesn't. He takes his latent rage out on her, spitting that he has done everything in his power to aid her investigation and is "sick to death" of the implication that his campaign had anything to do with Rosie's murder. As he storms off, Linden -- unflappable as always -- reiterates that she needs the complete records. Richmond returns and asks angrily, "Did. He. Do. It?" Linden tells him matter-of-factly to have his staff send the files that night.
Back at the mayor's office, Adams is wrapping up interviews, bloviating about how Richmond's tactics are what give politics a bad name. Not licentiousness, adultery, and bold-faced lying, though. He heads over to his wife and kisses her on the cheek. She gives him a curt look in return. Adams' adviser tells him he handled the conference perfectly. Says Adams, "With enough conviction, the truth is whatever you say it is." He instructs his adviser to start paying his mistress double and get whatever medical documents he needs from his doctor. He says the story must end now and says he wants a sit-down with the head of the machinist union the next morning. He adds, "Richmond's sinking, and the rats are going to start jumping ship." The adviser tells him word is Drexler's already pulled his funding. Adams says it's a shame because he would have liked to have screwed them both.
Elsewhere, Holder visits his judge friend to get the emergency wire tap authorized. He presents the case to the judge, who seems good to go. Meanwhile, Linden is preparing her team outside the Ahmed apartment. Then the judge notices Holder has justified the wire tap via the Patriot Act. He puts the kibosh on the authorization on principle and will not be persuaded otherwise. No good deed by Holder goes unpunished, it seems. He calls Linden to tell her the bad news, and the bust is called off.
Day 9 starts with a thrashing of Linden and Holder by their boss. Linden takes the blame for Holder's wire tap, but the boss doesn't care who came up with the idea, he cares that it could have compromised their whole case. Linden thinks they can do a run-around and get the telephone to release Muhammed's number, but the boss is implacable: "I asked you to stay here this week to solve this case, not ruin my career." With that, Linden and Holder walk out with their tails between their legs.