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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Was Cheney drunk?

Today on the Huffington Post, Lawrence O'Donnell comes right out and asks the question that's on almost everyone's mind: Was Cheney drunk when he shot Harry Whittington? Eighteen hours is plenty of time for alcohol to dissipate in the bloodstream; is that why Cheney and ranch owner Katharine Armstrong waited so long to tell anyone?

The shooting happened late Saturday afternoon, but Cheney wasn't interviewed by the local sheriff's office until Sunday morning. According to the Associated Press, the Secret Service said it had turned away one sheriff's deputy at the ranch the night of the accident because "arrangements had been made" for Cheney to be interviewed the following morning.

As O'Donnell says, "No point in giving him a breathalyzer then. Every lawyer I've talked to assumes Cheney was too drunk to talk to the cops after the shooting."

Jane Hamsher, over at firedoglake, suggests that Bush and Co. could use the shooting incident as the justification they've been seeking to dump Cheney - and install...Rice?



Blogger Gene Felder said...

Did you hear Hugh Hewitt interview with Lawrence O'Donnell February 15, 2006? See at http://www.radioblogger.com/.

Hugh was masterful. If O’Donnell felt free to question Cheney's integrity in what he was saying, why not question O’Donnell’s integrity. Did he really speak to lawyers who told him that? Who were they?

O'Donnell’s Huffington Post Was Cheney Drunk? included “Every lawyer I've talked to assumes Cheney was too drunk to talk to the cops after the shooting.”
HH: “Larry, did you...what lawyers did you talk to that assumed Cheney was drunk?”
LO: “Oh, my brothers are all lawyers. I must have talked to a dozen lawyers yesterday, including a former U.S. attorney...”
O’Donnell would not reveal his sources, and backpedaled quite a bit, claiming later to having spoke to one brother, six lawyers in one day.

Gene Felder

12:54 PM  
Blogger Editor at Large said...

Mr. Felder,

Of course you're correct that people in positions of power or authority shouldn't lie or exaggerate to make a point, and if Mr. O'Donnell lied or exaggerated, he should face the same consequences anyone else in a position of power or authority has had to face. Like George Bush, for example: after it was revealed that he had lied or exaggerated about Iraq's threat to the U.S....uh...uh...hmmm...never mind.

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Capitol Hill Blue claims here that a number of inside sources, including Secret Service agents present at the time, have confirmed that Cheney was drunk when he shot Whittington. He follows up here with more about these suppposed sources. Hmmmmm...

11:09 AM  
Blogger Editor at Large said...

Thanks for the links, Anonymous. We had read the first one (about the CIA agent who allegedly claimed Cheney was drunk when he shot Whittington) but not the second (about the sources of that info and the author's lack of a motive in revealing it), and the second one certainly lends credibility to the first. Do you think the truth will ever come out?

4:05 PM  

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