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Both Waxman and Davis accepted the verdict while defending their decision to send the case to the Justice Department.

“The committee referred Mr. Clemens to the Justice Department because we had significant doubts about the truthfulness of his testimony in 2008,” Waxman said. “The decision whether Mr. Clemens committed perjury is a decision the jury had to make and I respect its decision.”

Davis said, ” I think he’s gone through enough. We did the appropriate thing in referring it over to Justice. But hopefully this will put it behind him. He’s a good citizen.”

• Associated Press writers Frederic J. Frommer, Pete Yost and Mark Sherman contributed to this report.