Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Roger Clemens and his accuser, Brian McNamee, will be the main witnesses at a House hearing on the Mitchell Report after Andy Pettitte and two others originally invited to testify were told last night they don’t need to show up.

Former Yankees player Chuck Knoblauch and steroids dealer Kirk Radomski also were dropped from the witness list for tomorrow’s public session. One new witness was added last night: Charles Scheeler, a partner with former Senate majority leader George Mitchell’s law firm who also helped Mitchell put together his report on performance-enhancing drugs.

Asked about Scheeler’s addition, Rusty Hardin, Clemens’ lead lawyer, said: “It’s interesting. I look forward to hearing what he has to say.”

But all attention will be focused on Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, and McNamee, his former personal trainer, who said he injected the pitcher with performance-enhancing drugs.

“I guess it’s showtime, isn’t it?” Hardin said.

McNamee said in the Mitchell Report he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone at least 16 times in 1998, 2000 and 2001. Clemens’ denials of those claims drew the attention of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Pettitte gave a sworn deposition to committee lawyers last week, as did Clemens and McNamee. Knoblauch, a former major leaguer who was a Yankees teammate of Clemens and Pettitte, was interviewed by committee staff earlier, while Radomski had been scheduled for a prehearing meeting with the committee today.

All five originally were invited to testify tomorrow.

“Mr. Knoblauch and Mr. Pettitte answered all the committee’s questions, and their testimony at the hearing is not needed,” committee chairman Henry Waxman, California Democrat, and Tom Davis, Virginia Republican, said in a statement. “Mr. Clemens and Mr. McNamee have also cooperated with the committee in its investigation.”

Pettitte’s attorney, Jay Reisinger, declined to comment after the announcement.

Asked about the change, Knoblauch’s attorney, Diana Marshall, said: “I’m not disappointed. I know Chuck is not disappointed.”

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