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Roger Clemens Case Headed To Grand Jury

by @ 4:52 pm on January 12, 2009. Filed under Baseball, Mitchell Report, Roger Clemens, Sports

It’s been nearly a year since the bizarre, and unnecessary, encounter between Roger Clemens and his former trainer before a Congressional Committee, and it’s finally starting to look like Clemens could be in trouble:

WASHINGTON — A federal grand jury is investigating whether Roger Clemens lied to Congress last year, two people briefed on the matter told The Associated Press on Monday. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because grand jury proceedings are supposed to be secret.

Congress asked the Justice Department to look into whether the seven-time Cy Young Award winner lied last February when he testified under oath at a deposition and a public House hearing that he never took illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

That contradicted the sworn testimony of his former personal trainer Brian McNamee, who said under oath that he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone.

By bringing the case to a grand jury, the Justice Department escalated the case from an FBI investigation. A grand jury allows prosecutors to get sworn testimony from witnesses and collect documents.

Based on the evidence, and most particularly the testimony from Andy Petitte corroborating the allegations that Clemens used steroids, it’s not looking all that good for The Rocket right now.

3 Responses to “Roger Clemens Case Headed To Grand Jury”

  1. David Wilson says:

    Since when did Congress have the authority to bring Clemens in front of them in the first place? His business is between him and the MLB, not federal government.

  2. David,

    I agree completely. I never understood what business the “House Reform and Government Oversight Committee” had putting it’s nose in this matter to begin with.

    But, Clemens was the one who requested the hearing. It would not have occurred if he hadn’t asked for it. So, you know, if he got caught in a perjury trap of his own making, that just shows how dumb he is.

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