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Clemens Testimony Referred To Justice Department

by @ 1:44 pm on February 27, 2008. Filed under Baseball, Mitchell Report, Roger Clemens, Sports

I knew this would happen, I just knew it.

The House Oversight And Government Reform Committee, which hasn’t done much oversight or proposed any government reform lately, is asking the Justice Department to investigate Roger Clemens’ Congressional testimony for possible perjury charges:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Roger Clemens ”committed perjury and made knowingly false statements” to a House committee.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Henry Waxman and ranking Republican Tom Davis sent a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey on Wednesday. The two said Clemens’ statements in a Feb. 5 sworn deposition and at a Feb. 13 public hearing ”that he never used anabolic steroids or human growth hormone warrants further investigation.”

”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,” the congressmen wrote.

”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.”

So now that we’ve wasted the time of Congressman and their staffers, along with taxpayer dollars, we’ll be wasting the time of United States Attorneys and FBI Special Agents, and, again, more taxpayer dollars, on something that isn’t Congress’s business to being with.

Update: The full text of the Waxman/Davis letter can be found here.

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