The biggest fireworks in today's House Oversight Committee hearings on the Mitchell Report involved Brian McNamee's claims that Roger Clemens and Jose Canseco discussed steroids and HGH at a party at Canseco's house several years ago. Clemens says he was playing golf the day of the party, and has receipts to show it. At one point, Clemens' attorneys leapt up to defend him against what they described as committee chairman Henry Waxman's "innuendo" that he had interfered with a witness, a former nanny whose testimony put him at the party.
As the New York Times live blog of the proceedings suggests, questioning at times appeared to break down along party lines, with Republican members like Christopher Shays and Virginia Foxx attacking the credibility of McNamee, accusing him of, among other things, misrepresenting himself as a doctor when he held a PhD from a diploma mill. Chairman Henry Waxman, meanwhile, led a series of Democrats telling Clemens they doubt his credibility more than McNamee's.