From R. Miller:
The gang that can’t shoot straight had a hard time getting everyone on board for their “story” — but finally, three days later, CBS excised their mention that Cheney’s Secret Service prevented local authorities from questioning Cheney on Saturday night, and now the New York Times IMPLIES that Cheney was interviewed….Saturday night! I say “implies” because if you parse it carefully, they say the sheriff sent his deputy that night and then in a separate sentence they also say that deputy interviewed Cheney…they don’t precisely say Cheney was interviewed that night, but they imply it. (excerpt and link below)
The Secret Service spokeperson confirms they “made arrangements” that Cheney be interviewed the next morning and that is what happened, so why did both the New York Times and CBS excise the part where the deputy was PREVENTED from speaking with Cheney Saturday night?
Several excerpts and links below.
Sheriff Salinas said he sent his chief deputy, Gilbert Sanmiguel, to the Armstrong Ranch that night. He said Mr. Sanmiguel interviewed Mr. Cheney and reported that the shooting was an accident.
Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren said that about an hour after Cheney shot Whittington, the head of the Secret Service’s local office called the Kenedy County sheriff to report the accident. “They made arrangements at the sheriff’s request to have deputies come out and interview the vice president the following morning at 8 a.m. and that indeed did happen,” Zahren said.
Texas Sheriff Barred From Interviewing Cheney About Shooting Incident
CBS News reports that local law enforcement officials were prevented from interviewing Vice President Cheney after he accidentally shot a 78-year-old man during a hunting trip:
((NOTE: IN THE LINK ABOVE, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/02/13/national/main1309344.shtml, CBS HAS SINCE EXCISED THE ORIGINAL COMPLAINT THAT SS BARRED THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES FROM SPEAKING TO CHENEY THAT NIGHT))
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.
McClellan was asked about it at the press briefing but played dumb:
QUESTION: Scott, there’s a report coming out of a sheriff’s deputy there who said that he was prevented from interviewing the vice president by the Secret Service. Do you know anything about that? And is that appropriate?
MCCLELLAN: No, I don’t know anything about that. You have got to direct that to the Secret Service. My understanding was that Secret Service took the appropriate steps to inform law enforcement.
Of course, the question is not whether the Secret Service informed law enforcement, but whether law enforcement was permitted to speak with Cheney. As Talk Left notes, although the incident was an accident, it could constitute criminal negligence.
UPDATE: National Journal reports that, after initial resistance, Cheney was interviewed by law enforcement sometime on Sunday.