House Panel Postpones Clemens Hearing
By HOWARD FENDRICH – 2 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Everyone is getting some extra time to prepare for Roger Clemens' appearance on Capitol Hill. That includes Clemens, of course, along with his teammate, workout partner and friend Andy Pettitte, and their former trainer Brian McNamee. And Congress itself.
The House hearing involving Clemens, Pettitte and McNamee was postponed Wednesday from Jan. 16 until Feb. 13, allowing lawmakers to take depositions from the witnesses, gather other evidence and coordinate their investigation with the Justice Department.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform was to begin meeting with lawyers for the witnesses Thursday. Clemens' attorney, Rusty Hardin, said he hopes to meet with committee staffers next week. In addition, McNamee was to meet with federal prosecutors Thursday in New York.
"Roger hasn't done anything," Hardin said. "The federal government looking at Roger is fine with me."
Plans are still in place for the committee's Jan. 15 hearing with commissioner Bud Selig, union leader Donald Fehr and former Senate majority leader George Mitchell, whose report on steroids in baseball contained McNamee's allegations that he injected Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs.
Questioned by federal prosecutors last year, McNamee said he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone in 1998, 2000 and 2001. Prosecutors had him repeat those charges to Mitchell, and since the report was issued last month, Clemens has repeatedly and vehemently denied them
Can anyone give a good reason why Congress has postponed that hearing and give a legal reason why Federal Prosecutors from the Justice Department are now involved?
In the past federal procecutors have been used to trap people so the procecutors can take them to court.
Remember the middle aged woman who had a TV cooking show who was innocent but convicted for lying to procecutors?
Congress, Clemens & Mac
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