House Panel May Go After Clemens on Perjury

Panel drafts letter asking Justice Dept. to investigate
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2008 10:54 AM CST
Former New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens departs the offices of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington in this Feb. 13, 2008 file photo. (AP Photo/J. Scott...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The congressional panel that questioned Roger Clemens about steroids has drafted a letter asking the Justice Department to investigate whether he committed perjury, the New York Times reports. The letter doesn't name his former trainer, Brian McNamee, who testified the same day and insisted Clemens is lying, but that could change before the letter is submitted.

Clemens and McNamee testified before a House panel earlier this month about Clemens' alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs. The hearing largely split along party lines with Democrats confronting Clemens and Republicans challenging McNamee. The Justice Department had its own representatives at the hearing and can decide its own course no matter the panel's recommendation, the Times notes.