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Clemens & McNamee: The Politics

by @ 3:52 pm on February 14, 2008. Filed under Baseball, Mitchell Report, Roger Clemens, Sports

Brian McNamee’s lawyer says that Roger Clemens would be pardoned if he was ever indicted for perjury:

One of Brian McNamee’s lawyers predicted Roger Clemens will be pardoned by President Bush, saying some Republicans treated his client harshly because of the pitcher’s friendship with the Bush family.

Lawyer Richard Emery made the claims Thursday, a day after a congressional hearing broke down along party lines. Many Democrats were skeptical of Clemens’ denials he used performance-enhancing drugs and Republicans questioned the character of McNamee, the personal trainer who made the accusations against the seven-time Cy Young Award winner.

“It would be the easiest thing in the world for George W. Bush, given the corrupt proclivities of his administration, to say Roger Clemens is an American hero, Roger Clemens helped children,” Emery said in a telephone interview. “It’s my belief they have some reason to believe they can get a pardon.”

Emery also claims that Republicans on the Committee were harsh on his client because of Clemens’ connections with the Bush family:

During the hearing, Clemens cited his friendship with Bush’s father, President George H.W. Bush, a baseball fan who regularly attends Houston Astros’ games. Clemens said he was on a recent hunting trip when the elder Bush called with words of support.

“When all this happened, the former president of the United States found me in a deer blind in south Texas and expressed his concerns that this was unbelievable, and stay strong and hold your head up high,” Clemens testified.

Emery said as he thought about the testimony overnight, Clemens’ reference to the call from the elder Bush convinced him the questioning by Republicans was a concerted effort.

“All the pieces fell into place given his friendship, his personal friendship with the Bush family,” Emery said. “They have some belief that even if he’s prosecuted, he will never have to serve jail time or face a trail. This is a charade we’re going through.”

Emery’s right that the hearing was a charade, a farce really. He’s wrong that it’s political.

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