WASHINGTON | The Justice Department will not be asked to pursue a case against former slugger Sammy Sosa for possibly lying to Congress.
A spokeswoman for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said Wednesday the panel has decided not to have Sosa investigated for his remarks at a March 2005 hearing, when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.
Sosa is reported to be on a list of baseball players who allegedly failed drug tests in 2003.
The committee asked for a similar investigation of Roger Clemens after he denied using steroids or human growth hormone at a 2008 hearing. A grand jury is hearing evidence in that case.
The committee’s decision on Sosa could have been influenced by a five-year statue of limitations.
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