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In March 2016, President Teikun Ō of Zheng Fa visited the United States. Manosuke Naitō, one of his bodyguards, convinced him to stage an assassination attempt to boost his flagging approval ratings back home. A speech was planned on the 25th, during which the fake assassination attempt would take place. Three days beforehand, Naitō convinced a reporter named Mikiko Hayami to attend the speech and point a laser scope at the president, setting her up as the "culprit".
Two days before the speech, Shelly de Killer infiltrated the bodyguards in an attempt to assassinate the president for real. When he was in position, he took action, grabbing Naitō by the throat, but Gai Tojiro, another bodyguard, twisted and shot his left arm, forcing him to retreat. The incident forced Naitō to wear a neck brace and caused the president to change the security plans so that only Tojiro and Naitō would be on the stage with him. Because Naitō could not turn his head to the right, he was positioned so that he could still do what he needed for the fake assassination attempt.
On the day of the speech, the president's seaplane landed on Gourd Lake and Ō stepped out of it and onto the stage. He delivered his speech, thanking the prosecutor's office for its role in saving Zheng Fa from the clutches of the Cohdopian smuggling ring. During the speech, Hayami pointed the laser scope, then Naitō fired a gunshot from behind his bulletproof attache case. The bullet went through one of the Zheng Fa flags on the stage before hitting a Steel Samurai balloon. In the ensuing panic, Naitō and Tojiro quickly ran in front of the president to protect him. Naitō fired a second shot, then helped Tojiro escort Ō back inside the plane.
The Chief Prosecutor placed Miles Edgeworth in charge of the subsequent investigation. During the course of the investigation, Naitō informed everyone that Tojiro had been killed protecting the president, and that Hayami would be taken into the plane for questioning. However, de Killer forced Naitō to allow Edgeworth to investigate the president's plane, allowing him to resolve the entire incident and determine that Naitō had killed Tojiro. Afterward, the president apologized to Edgeworth and said that he would take responsibility for his deadly publicity stunt.