Cheney said, appearing a bit shaken in a hastily arranged interview on Fox News to provide his version of events in a just-the-facts monotone. Cheney's decision to submit to an interview was an effort to contain the political fallout and to try to end an episode that has knocked the entire White House off stride. But it did not obscure the tensions that have riven the administration since the accident on Saturday, and in a sign of disagreement at the very top, the White House signaled that President Bush wished that Mr. Cheney had made the news public more quickly.
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Whittington, interviewed in the hospital, also assured investigators no one was drinking at the time and everyone was wearing bright orange safety gear. Texas authorities have been saying all along that the shooting appeared to be an accident, and they all but ruled out the possibility of charges early on. Whittington was peppered with bird shot in the face and chest Saturday while hunting quail with Cheney on a ranch in South Texas. He is in a Corpus Christi hospital in stable condition after suffering a mild heart attack caused by a pellet that traveled to his heart. Cooperative with investigation Gilberto San Miguel Jr.
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Local authorities released a report on the shooting on February 16, , and witness statements on February On February 14, , Whittington suffered a non-fatal heart attack and atrial fibrillation due to at least one lead-shot pellet lodged in or near his heart. Cheney did not speak publicly about the incident until February 15 in an interview with Fox News.