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Affidavits back Cheney's account of shooting
Houston Comical ^ | Feb. 22, 2006, 5:41PM | MARK BABINECK and TERRI LANGFORD

Posted on 02/22/2006 4:50:16 PM PST by The_Victor

Eyewitness statements about Vice President Dick Cheney's accidental shooting of his quail hunting partner largely confirm previous accounts with some minor discrepancies, according to affidavits obtained today by the Houston Chronicle.

The affidavits, released by the Kenedy County Sheriff's Department, give the most detailed accounts to date of the events leading up to the Feb. 11 shooting of Republican activist and Austin attorney Harry Whittington.

"Mr. Cheney, not knowing that Harry had made his way into the shooting area, shot at the bird," wrote Michael "Bo" Hubert, the El Campo-based hunting guide. "And at that time is when Harry was shot."

Whittington, Cheney and Pamela Willeford, the U.S. ambassador to Switzerland were all hunting together at the Armstrong Ranch in South Texas when Whittington apparently walked out of the hunting line to search for a downed quail he had shot that Saturday afternoon.

Cheney, unaware that Whittington had moved forward and to the vice president's right, accidentally shot the GOP supporter when the vice president turned his shotgun to track a quail that flushed in front of him.

The incident, which was not made public for 22 hours, prompted criticism over the handling of the information involving the vice president, who went on television four days after the shooting to explain what had happened. The first news of the accident came when ranch owner Katharine Armstrong contacted the Corpus Christi Caller-Times on Sunday.

In affidavits obtained today, a clearer picture emerged about what was seen by  Armstrong and her sister Sarita Armstrong Hixon, both owners of the ranch, and those in the hunting party. Both women along with Willeford, Hubert, and two Armstrong Ranch employees, filed statements about that day.

According to Willeford, the hunting party came upon two coveys of quail.

She wrote that Whittington shot two quail in that first covey. He picked up one bird and began searching for the second.

"He stopped to pick up his birds and spent several minutes looking, as the second bird was difficult to find," Willeford wrote on Feb. 15, four days after the incident.

Willeford and Cheney walked ahead of Whittington. A bird then flushed in front of the vice president and "flew to our right," Willeford wrote.

Both the ambassador and the vice president took aim but Willeford did not shoot because she said the bird was out of her range.

"Neither the vice president nor I realized he (Whittington) had left his former position behind us and was now about 30 yards to the right (west) and slightly below us," she wrote.

"I did not hear him (Whittington) call out to warn the shooters of his approach," Hixon wrote.

Their statements match earlier accounts of the incident.

However, there seems to be varying recollections of whether Cheney's target quail appeared in front of or behind the hunters.

Willeford said there was "no alcohol consumed during the afternoon of the hunt in the field." However, she said she did consume a glass of wine at lunch, about 4-4 1/2 hours earlier.

A week ago, Cheney said he had a beer at that same lunch.

Last week, Kenedy County Sheriff Ramon Salinas III ruled the shooting an accident.

Whittington, 78, was released from a Corpus Christi hospital on Friday. He was rushed to a hospital after received up to 200 tiny shotgun pellets in the right torso, neck and face. One pellet lodged at his heart, causing a mild heart attack on Feb. 14, three days after the shooting.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cheney; harrywhittington
Funny how this story has been dropped like dead raccoon.
1 posted on 02/22/2006 4:50:18 PM PST by The_Victor
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To: The_Victor

Let's bring this story back, anything other than this stupid port story.


2 posted on 02/22/2006 4:50:55 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Dubai-u's fault--The Port Non-Issue is Hillary's Sistah Soulja moment)
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To: Darkwolf377

Isn't Newsweek's cover devoted to this story again this week ?


3 posted on 02/22/2006 4:52:32 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Yeah, I'll bet they're wishing the port story broke a little earlier.


4 posted on 02/22/2006 4:53:50 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Dubai-u's fault--The Port Non-Issue is Hillary's Sistah Soulja moment)
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To: The_Victor

They will say that the people testifying are lying.


5 posted on 02/22/2006 4:56:34 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: Darkwolf377

:0)


6 posted on 02/22/2006 4:57:16 PM PST by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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To: The_Victor

MINOR DISCREPANCIES!! HOLD THE NY TIMES FRONT PAGE!!!


7 posted on 02/22/2006 4:57:30 PM PST by thoughtomator (I understand Democrats' impatience; If Kerry were President, Iran would have nuked Israel by now)
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To: thoughtomator

No they only deal with major disrepancies.


8 posted on 02/22/2006 4:58:44 PM PST by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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To: snugs
Where did the c go "discrepancies"
9 posted on 02/22/2006 4:59:25 PM PST by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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To: The_Victor

Dick Cheney shot somebody? Gee, you'd think there would be some mention in the press about it.


10 posted on 02/22/2006 5:03:31 PM PST by GreenHornet
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To: thoughtomator

< MINOR DISCREPANCIES!! HOLD THE NY TIMES FRONT PAGE!!! >

It might be held forever if a post above you is true.


11 posted on 02/22/2006 5:05:24 PM PST by GOP_Proud (Jack Bauer wears Dick Cheney jammies.)
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To: GOP_Proud

Eerily, I posted that just before the NY Times building on fire post appeared...


12 posted on 02/22/2006 5:06:13 PM PST by thoughtomator (I understand Democrats' impatience; If Kerry were President, Iran would have nuked Israel by now)
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To: The_Victor
The incident, which was not made public for 22 hours

He was shot around 6:50PM and was in a abulance to the hospital at 7:20PM.

Meaning it was made public within 20 minutes at the most.

13 posted on 02/22/2006 5:13:40 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: Psycho_Bunny
The incident, which was not made public for 22 hours

Correction: The incident, which was not made public spoon fed to the Washington press corps for 22 hours....

There, that's better.

14 posted on 02/22/2006 5:16:11 PM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Darkwolf377

That's the funny thing. It happened a over a week ago. The Cheney story just soaked up David Gregory's oxygen.


15 posted on 02/22/2006 5:17:41 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
The Cheney story just soaked up David Gregory's oxygen.

Oxygen he can do without, but hairspray? Fergit it!

16 posted on 02/22/2006 5:20:10 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Dubai-u's fault--The Port Non-Issue is Hillary's Sistah Soulja moment)
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To: Darkwolf377

David seemed to be gasping on the Sunday morning news show he was on to give his apologia...


17 posted on 02/22/2006 5:21:53 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I thought they were gonna have to get the jaws of life to pry that apology out of him. The way he made it seem like he was making some grand statement was just silly. You were a jerk, admit it, and don't BUTMONKEY.


18 posted on 02/22/2006 5:27:44 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Dubai-u's fault--The Port Non-Issue is Hillary's Sistah Soulja moment)
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To: Darkwolf377

Jaws of Life. Luv it.


19 posted on 02/22/2006 5:46:07 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: snugs; thoughtomator

New word: disrepancies == disreputable discrepancies.


20 posted on 02/22/2006 5:47:57 PM PST by Erasmus (One fine day, sad to say, we'll all be Democrat voters.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny
A newspaper is supposed to be the first draft of history. This is an example of the first rewrite.
And, what this paper is trying to do is establish this 22 hour lie as the basis for continuing stories on the Veep, which will always include a graph like, "the secretive, phantomlike vice president is still nursing the public relations blunder of hiding the shooting story for almost a full day..."
21 posted on 02/22/2006 5:52:14 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Good point once you are in an ambulance it is official


22 posted on 02/22/2006 6:01:12 PM PST by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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To: snugs
The entire huffing and puffing has attempted to suggest something was hidden. The MSM never did make that stick because Cheney never wavered from one discussion of the events. Reporters love to do split screens and "he said then, he says now," pieces to keep a dead story alive.
As they say in Vegas, "they crapped out".
23 posted on 02/22/2006 6:17:23 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
A man of consistancy by words and deeds


24 posted on 02/22/2006 6:21:44 PM PST by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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To: snugs
Doesn't look anything like the Newsweek description of him does it?

Cheney, the conservative that moderates once seemed to like, has strangely iced over in recent years. Even his old friends sometimes wonder if he has not grown angrier, more suspicious, even paranoid.

25 posted on 02/22/2006 6:37:32 PM PST by Freedom is eternally right
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To: The_Victor

All lies! Haliburton, Kenny Boy, WMDS, Global Warming!


26 posted on 02/22/2006 6:39:53 PM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: Darkwolf377

It did... I know about it last week, but David Gregory buried it so he could throw his 'it's all about me' hissy fit.


27 posted on 02/22/2006 6:50:42 PM PST by fhlh (Polls are for strippers and liberal spinsters.)
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To: The_Victor

It dried up even after the "unbiased" media promised it would never go away!


28 posted on 02/22/2006 6:59:26 PM PST by Galveston Grl (Getting angry and abandoning power to the Democrats is not a choice.)
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To: JaneAustin
Where are these supposed friends the reports I always read about friends from years past say he has in essence not changed and that he and Lynne are still the same down to earth people they were.

It is interesting that their are many reports that they are still in contact with friends from their early days in Wyoming.

The left show their true colours they cannot understand this man who has a 30 year history of public service but will not play the public relation game.

Despite what they say we know he is not the dark evil man they portray.


29 posted on 02/22/2006 7:06:28 PM PST by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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To: Darkwolf377

But - the hunting story didn't have legs, and it looks like the port story has very short legs.
What are the Dems to do??? There's got to be a *story*. Is there a way to blame Bush for the wheat and eggs in McD's fries?


30 posted on 02/22/2006 7:34:21 PM PST by speekinout
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To: The_Victor

http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_8184.shtml


I fasten my trusty tin foil hat and wait for the inevitable fallout.


31 posted on 02/22/2006 8:00:06 PM PST by Dazedcat
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To: Galveston Grl

It dried up even after the "unbiased" media promised it would never go away!

Actually, the story would still be around if something juicier (the UAE port facilities uproar) hadn't come up. It's funny how an allegedly "big" story drops like a stone when another "big" story comes up. Happens all the time.


32 posted on 02/22/2006 8:39:21 PM PST by flaglady47
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To: Dazedcat
I fasten my trusty tin foil hat and wait for the inevitable fallout.

Evidence?....

Third and fourth hand hearsay doesn't qualify....

Evidence anyone?

...

Anyone?

...

Anyone?

...

33 posted on 02/22/2006 8:42:08 PM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: The_Victor
Nope, everything Cheney said is a lie.

I saw it on Liberty Post so it must be true.

Note: This is Sarcasm.

34 posted on 02/22/2006 8:42:26 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Pat Buchanan lost a family member in the holocaust. The man fell out of a guard tower.)
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To: fhlh



35 posted on 02/23/2006 3:38:22 AM PST by devolve (<-- (upload to free image accts at Photobucket & Imagecave)
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To: The_Victor

I realize this isn't Fox News, but these people have gotten things correct before.

I was merely posting a link to a source of information. If folks can post links to "conservative" blogs here, then I should be able to post links like this.

Of course, if the Veep was drunker than a skunk....Fox news wouldn't have that story now would they.


36 posted on 02/23/2006 6:27:34 AM PST by Dazedcat
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To: Dazedcat
I don't have a problem with you posting the link, and I actually went and read it. It rubbish based upon unnamed sources who say they spoke to someone who knows the security detail who was present at the time.....

I don't know if Cheney was drunk or not. He says he wasn't and the affidavits back up that claim. I think the sworn testimony of the people who were there outweighs the hearsay mumblings of a reporter who could easily be making his entire story up.

37 posted on 02/23/2006 6:45:32 AM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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