Congress Asks Justice Dept. for Clemens Probe

Bipartisan letter wants to look at star's steroids denials for perjury
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2008 1:56 PM CST
Congress Asks Justice Dept. for Clemens Probe
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., questions witnesses during a hearing of the committee on Capitol Hill in Washington in this Feb. 26, 2008 file photo. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)   (Associated Press)

A congressional committee today asked the Justice Department to examine Roger Clemens’ denials under oath that he used performance-enhancing drugs and determine if they constitute perjury, the AP reports. In the letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Reps. Henry Waxman and Tom Davis cite the pitcher's statements contradicting those of his former trainer and a teammate.

Clemens’ claim "that he never used anabolic steroids or human growth hormone warrants further investigation," the congressmen wrote in the wake of a deposition and public hearing earlier this month. “We've always assumed there would be a referral if Roger testified differently from the Mitchell Report," a Clemens lawyer said, referring to the chronicle of drug use in baseball. (Read more Roger Clemens stories.)

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