Did Cheney Try To Hide The Shooting From Bush?

From Holden:

Wow. Cheney waited a good six hours before telling the president or his aides that he had shot a man. And even then he did not tell Bush personally.

President Bush did not learn for several hours that Vice President Dick Cheney was the shooter in a hunting accident in South Texas on Saturday afternoon that left a prominent Austin lawyer and Republican campaign supporter wounded by shotgun pellets in the neck, shoulder and chest, the White House said today.

In a news conference with the White House press corps, Scott McClellan, the president’s spokesman, said he himself did not learn until about 6 a.m. on Sunday that it was Mr. Cheney who had shot the lawyer, Harry Whittington, 78, when the two were on a weekend quail hunting trip along with several others at the Armstrong Ranch in South Texas.


Mr. McClellan was grilled by the White House press corps today about why the White House never released the information itself, and why it was left up to a private citizen to report to the world that the vice president of the United States had been involved in a shooting. They also seemed frustrated that Mr. McClellan could not tell them exactly when Mr. Bush learned that the vice president himself had shot Mr. Whittington.


He said that Andy Card, the chief of staff, notified the president of the incident on Saturday evening, at about 7 or 8 p.m., and that later, Karl Rove, the deputy chief of staff, told him that the vice president was involved.

He said that Mr. Cheney did not call the president himself to tell him about it.