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Drop inquiry, congressman asks

Clemens could face perjury charges.

Clemens could face perjury charges.

WASHINGTON — A New York congressman asked the FBI on Wednesday to drop its investigation of Roger Clemens because the pitching great has suffered enough.

Rep. Anthony Weiner, a candidate for New York mayor in 2009, said the FBI is too busy with more important crimes to spend time trying to determine if the ex-Yankees pitcher lied to Congress about taking performance-enhancing substances.

"Roger Clemens has been shamed," Weiner said. "I think the public record is replete with examples of how he did not likely tell the truth. What is the public benefit of continuing with an FBI investigation?"

Weiner also suggested his fellow lawmakers had gone far enough with inquiries into steroids use by professional athletes and should let professional sports leagues handle the matter.

The FBI took over the Clemens case after Congress asked the Justice Department to look into Clemens' testimony at a Feb. 5 deposition and Feb. 13 hearing. Weiner is not a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, which heard from Clemens.

Clemens testified he never used steroids or human growth hormone. Brian McNamee, his former trainer, testified he injected Clemens at least 16 times from 1998 to 2001.

If investigators conclude Clemens lied, he could face charges of perjury, making false statements or obstruction of justice.

There was no immediate comment from the Justice Department.

Former trainer wants lawsuit dismissed

Brian McNamee asked a federal judge to throw out Roger Clemens' defamation suit.

In a motion filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Houston, McNamee's lawyers argued because he made statements to baseball investigator George Mitchell as part of an agreement with federal prosecutors, anything he said to Mitchell was covered by "absolute immunity." Clemens claims he was defamed by that testimony.

McNamee's lawyers also asked that Rusty Hardin, Clemens' lead attorney, be removed because he also represented teammate Andy Pettitte for a period last year. They said one of Pettitte's new lawyers, Thomas Farrell, said Pettitte would not waive attorney-client privilege for conversations between Pettitte and Hardin.

Hardin said he has no intention of stepping aside. An initial hearing is set for April 9.

Drop inquiry, congressman asks 03/05/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:28am]
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