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Cheney to Give First Interview After Shooting Accident


Vice President Dick Cheney is set to give an interview to one U.S. television network later today, as he comes under increasing pressure for his handling of a hunting accident.

The White House announced the exclusive interview for Fox TV, which will be the first time the vice president has spoken publicly about the shooting.

Earlier Wednesday, Democratic leaders in Congress called on Cheney to hold a news conference to answer questions from reporters about his shooting of a fellow hunter on Saturday.

Cheney's companion, 78-year-old Harry Whittington, suffered a minor heart attack Tuesday at a hospital in Texas where he was taken after the accident. Doctors say bird shot lodged in his heart.

The Texas attorney was hit with shotgun pellets in the face, neck and chest by Cheney while the men were quail hunting.

Reporters and opposition Democrats have been angry at the White House's late disclosure of the shooting and its subsequent handling of information about it.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.