Cummings’ brushback sends intended message

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Cummings also brought up the fact that Pettitte’s wife, Laura, also had given them a deposition that supported the accusations. “Andy told me Roger admitted using HGH,” she told investigators.

One more time, Cummings looked at Clemens and asked, “Mr. Clemens, once again, I would remind you that you are under oath.”

Andy is a fine gentleman,” Clemens answered. “I think he misremembers.”

It was all over then, for all intents and purposes.

A number of committee members attacked McNamee for inconsistencies in his testimony and lies they caught him in during past activities.

But all that showed is that Brian McNamee is a liar.

The difference is Roger Clemens is lying.

Clemens had been working the committee members in the days leading up to the hearing, meeting with many of them individually. It appeared to pay off because Clemens could not have withstood many more Cummings moments without a meltdown.

He did not, thanks to committee members like Rep. Dan Burton, an Indiana Republican who excoriated McNamee for lying about his involvement in a 2001 rape investigation in Florida and for other falsehoods McNamee made in promoting himself as a medical expert in his work.

“This is really disgusting,” Burton said. “You are here, under oath, yet you have told lie after lie.”

Yes, that is disgusting. In fact, if this were a court of law, McNamee’s lawyer might have stood up and said, “Your honor, we stipulate that our client is a liar.” Because it really meant little, serving only as misdirection from the issue.

Andy Pettitte, after all, is not a liar, according to Clemens himself.

And Pettitte gave McNamee all the credibility he needed for any reasonable person to conclude Roger Clemens was lying up there under oath.

Clemens‘ supporters made a lot of hay over the fact that McNamee had testified in the Mitchell Report that he saw Clemens at a party at the house of Toronto teammate Jose Canseco in 1998.

Clemens denied being at the party. Canseco, who kicked off the whole steroid frenzy with his 2005 book “Juiced,” gave a sworn affidavit that Clemens was not at the party. Others interviewed by investigators also said Clemens was not at the party — as if that meant anything.

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