Texas Sheriff barred from interviewing Cheney about shooting incident.
CBS News White House correspondent Peter Maer reports Texas authorities are complaining that the Secret Service barred them from speaking to Cheney after the incident. Kenedy County Texas Sheriffs Lt. Juan Guzman said deputies first learned of the shooting when an ambulance was called.
AmericaBlog has more,Ã‚Â Cheney’s Chappaquiddick
1. The White House now claims Bush was informed on Saturday night (the accident happened on Saturday) that someone in Cheney’s hunting party had been shot, but Bush was not told that the victim was shot by Cheney. How do you leave that detail out, and why would you leave it out? Especially when we now find out that the victim was in critical condition – that means within a few hours it was possible the victim could have died, and THAT would be news if Cheney had killed someone. And you don’t give the president a heads up? This is fishy as hell.
2. The White House seemingly never intended to tell the press that the incident happened at all. The public found out a day later, and only because a reporter got wind of the story. Why was the White House hiding this story, again, if the victim could have possibly died?
3. New questions are being raised as to whether the White House staff contacted the local police immediately after the shooting, as required by law.
My guess: They’d all been drinking heavily and Cheney was in no condition talk to police.
Cheney STILL hasn’t made a public statement. Most of us, if we’d shot a friend in the face and injured him badly, would, at the very least, express regret publicly. But that assumes compassion and conscience, as well as the ability to admit imperfection. As we all know too well, neocons like “shoot ’em in the face thenÃ‚Â blame them for it” Cheney never admits error.
(Yes, Cheney IS trying to blame him for it, witness the “he didn’t announce himself” excuse that experienced hunters say is nonsensical.)