- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Members of Congress have asked the Department of Justice to investigate whether former star pitcher Roger Clemens committed perjury during recent testimony relating to the use of performance enhancing drugs in baseball.

A letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey requests that the DOJ explore whether Clemens knowingly lied when he stated that he had never taken steroids or other performance enhancing drugs, a statement contradicted by his former trainer, Brian McNamee.

The letter was written by Rep. Henry Waxman, California Democrat and chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Rep. Tom Davis, Virginia Republican and the committee’s ranking minority leader. Both Clemens and McNamee spoke to committee members and testified about the issue at a committee hearing earlier this month.

“We believe that [Clemens] statement and sworn deposition on February 5, 2008 and at a hearing on February 13 , 2008 that he never used anabolic steroids or human growth hormone, warrants further investigation,” the letter stated. “That testimony is directly contradicted by the sworn testimony of Brian McNamee, who testified that he personally injected Mr. Clemens with anabolic steroids and human growth hormone.”

Congress sought to question both Clemens and McNamee after a report from former Sen. George Mitchell that alleged the widespread use of steroids and human growth hormone in baseball. In the report, McNamee claimed he had injected Clemens with HGH several times while the pitcher was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. Clemens has adamantly denied cheating, and claimed McNamee only injected him with Vitamin B12 and lidocaine.

McNamee reiterated his story before the committee, while Clemens continued to deny it. But the committee also spoke with Clemens’ former teammate, New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettite, who recalled a conversation in 1999 or 2000 in which Clemens told him he used HGH.

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“Mr. Clemens’s testimony is also contradicted by the sworn deposition testimony and affidavit submitted to the Committee by Andrew Pettitte, a former teammate of Mr. Clemens, whose testimony and affidavit reported that Mr. Clemens had admitted to him in 1999 or 2000 that he had taken human growth hormone,” the letter stated.

The committee has also asked DOJ to look into whether Clemens lied when he said he was not at a party at Jose Canseco’s house in 1998, and whether Clemens had been given notice that former Sen. Mitchell wished to speak with him during Mitchell’s investigation into steroids in baseball.

“We are not in a position to reach a definitive judgement as to whether Mr. Clemens lied to the Committee,” the letter reads. “Our only conclusion is that significant questions have been raised about Mr. Clemens’ truthfulness and that further investigation by the Department of Justice is warranted.”

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