FBI Begins Clemens Probe

Agency looking into allegations pitcher lied to Congress about steroids
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2008 5:59 PM CST
Roger Clemens walks onto the field for a workout with minor leaguers at the Houston Astros spring training facility Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008 in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The FBI today began investigating whether Roger Clemens committed perjury when he told Congress that he never used performance-enhancing drugs, Bloomberg reports. The agency opened a preliminary review one day after a House panel told the Justice Department it suspected Clemens of lying. The pitcher insists he never took steroids or human growth hormone, but his former trainer says otherwise.

"We've always expected they would open an investigation," said Clemens' top lawyer. "They attended the congressional hearing. So what's new?" Clemens' friend and former teammate, Andy Pettitte, also told Congress that Clemens used performance-enhancers, but the seven-time Cy Young winner says Pettitte simply "misremembers" their conversations. The feds also continue to probe into whether shortstop Miguel Tejada lied to lawmakers in 2005.