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Committee Asks DOJ To Investigate Clemens' Steroid Statements
Published February 28, 2008
|Subcommittee Asks DOJ To Investigate
Whether Clemens Perjured Himself
Does Davis (l) Feel Waxman
Overstepped Bounds Of Inquiry?
JUDGMENT DAY: Waxman said Clemens' case was referred to the DOJ because the "contradictions and conflicts in what Clemens had to say, as compared to what others had to say” (AP, 2/28). U.S. Rep Stephen Lynch (D-MA) said that Clemens’ case is “different than the Miguel Tejada referral to the [DOJ].” Lynch also emphasized that the testimonies from Pettitte and McNamee were "not part of the letter” (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/28). George Washington Univ. law professor Jonathan Turley “counts four perjury charges and possibly one obstruction of justice charge -- all of which carry a maximum of five years in prison” (USA TODAY, 2/28). Although as a first-time offender, Clemens “would probably avoid doing the max” (N.Y. POST, 2/28). The DOJ “doesn’t have to act on a Congressional referral and can open a grand jury on its own to review the existing evidence” (MLB.com, 2/27). However, SI.com’s Michael McCann wrote the DOJ “will almost certainly honor the request and immediately commence a thorough investigation” (SI.com, 2/27). ESPN’s Lester Munson reported the DOJ “will probably decide this during the Bush administration. That means it has to be decided before January 2009. It will be up to (Mukasey) and his people in San Francisco and in Washington to decide what to do” (“SportsCenter,” ESPN, 2/27).
TIES THAT BIND: In DC, Shipley & Maske note yesterday’s referral brings to six -- Clemens, Tejada, Marion Jones, Barry Bonds, Trevor Graham and Tammy Thomas -- the number of current or former pro athletes who “could face, or have faced, federal charged of lying about steroid or other drug use in connection with the five-year-old investigation into a steroid ring run by [BALCO]” (WASHINGTON POST, 2/28).