Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Rep. Waxman Memo Outlines The Case Against Clemens
Rep. Henry Waxman (pictured) has wasted no time in making the case that baseball player Roger Clemens committed perjury when he testified before Congress earlier this month.
Earlier today, the Democrat from California, chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, asked the Justice Department to investigate the issue.
Waxman then backed up his allegations by issuing an 18-page memo detailing the basis for the allegation.
Clemens claimed that he never used performance-enhancing drugs, which contradicts sworn statements of others, who say he did, Waxman alleges.
The memo, prepared by Waxman's staff, raises seven main points, starting with Clemens's testimony that he never took steroids or HGH (human growth hormone).
Waxman's staff say there are three pieces of evidence that "call Mr. Clemens's testimony into question," namely the testimony of former coach Brian McNamee, the testimony of Clemens' former teammate, Andrew Pettitte and Pettitte's wife, and Clemens's own medical records.
The other points in the memo raise discrepancies in other areas of Clemens's testimony, such as his claim of taking many vitamin B-12 injections and his assertion that he never discussed HGH with McNamee.