Cheney update II
Update II: From Capitol Hill Blue: "Vice President Dick Cheney violated Texas hunting law by not having a valid hunting stamp on his license and has been given a warning citation by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department... The department also found the accident was caused by a 'hunter's judgment factor.'"
But here's the best part, from the insult to injury files: "Whittington also received a warning for failing to have the stamp."
According to John Amato [Jon] Stewart was on fire tonight [VIDEO]:
"Whittington was mistaken for a bird."
"Harry Whittington, seasoned to an inch of his life."
"Don't let your kids go hunting with the Vice President. I don't care what kind of lucrative contracts they're trying to land or-energy regulations they're trying to get lifted. He'll shoot them in the face."
Rob Courdry joined in.
Courdry: "Jon, tonight the Vice President is standing by his decision to shoot Harry Whittington. Now according to the best intelligence available, there were quail hidden in the brush. Everyone believed at the time-there-were-quail in the brush. And while the quail turned out to be the 78 year old man. Even knowing that today, Mr. Cheney insists-he still would have shot Mr. Whittington in the face.[Update II: Evan Derkacz]
Judd at Think Progress points to this CBS news report which notes that local law enforcement were barred from interviewing VP Dick Cheney after he shot a fellow hunter on Saturday.
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.
The Secret Service is looking into how the case was handled at the scene, Maer added.Judd also offers some snippets from today's White House Press Briefing, during which Scott McClellan was asked about local officals being prevented from speaking with Cheney and whether the accidental shooting could constitute a criminal offense: