Over in Leo's office, he and Nancy are still at it. C.J. and Toby are there, and some other guy I don't recognize. He says that Fitzwallace agrees with him: any upgrade in their "defensive posture" and the whole world's going to wake up. Nancy argues that the world is awake. Moreover, she thinks that there may be more people involved with the shooting than just the three guys they've talked about so far, and that there's no reason to believe otherwise. She points out that somebody had to let the shooters into that building. "This wasn't a lonely guy who lived with his cats! There was a plan! And one of the things we have to assume is that we are under attack right now." The guy I don't recognize reiterates the suggestion for VPOTUS to order them to go to DEFCON 4. He must be one of Nancy's flunkies. Leo explains that the White House Counsel isn't sure he can do that. Toby'd like to know why not. Leo says, "He never signed a letter." Nancy starts to explain that customarily if the President's going to be under general anaesthetic...Toby interrupts and says, "He's gotta sign a letter giving the Vice-President power?" Nancy replies, "Absent the Twenty-Fifth, the Constitution doesn't give it to him unless the President's dead." Toby's incredulous. "He's haemorrhaging, and he's supposed to draft a memo?" Nancy's like, "Yeah!" C.J. says Danny's pestering her about who's in power. Where the hell is Al Haig when you need him, anyway? Nancy adds calmly that it gets more complicated, "if you've read Section 202 of the National Security Act of 1947," which I can only presume is what's sitting on Aaron Sorkin's night table. C.J. says with a hint of impatience, "Let's assume I haven't." Nancy continues, "It says that the Secretary of Defense will be the principal assistant to the President on all matters relating to the national security." C.J. asks what "principal assistant" means. Nancy pauses and replies, "It doesn't specify." Toby's fully irritated now: "No, it wouldn't, because this is an area of federal law where you'd want as much ambiguity as possible." Toby excuses himself, and C.J. says she's going back to the hospital. Leo says he'll be there in a bit.
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