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The New York Times reports that Henry Waxman’s congressional committee may ask the Justice Department to fire up a criminal inquiryinto Roger Clemens. For those without a TV, radio, or Internet connection, Clemens on Feb. 13 took the hot seat in front of Waxman’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, in what turned into a hilarious circus of distortions, politicking, bullshit, and very possibly lies.
It’s that last part that Waxman’s interested in. Clemens used the hearing to do what he’s been doing ever since the Mitchell report on MLB steroid use came out last year—that is, deny he’s ever taken the substances. His denials contradict the testimony of his former trainer, Brian McNamee, who says he shot up the Rocket on numerous occasions.
Much won’t come of this. I hope the Justice Department has better things to do than investigate whether this blowhard once used drugs. Waxman has said he regrets holding the hearing, which perhaps indicates how interested he is in really pursuing this matter. Plus, Clemens has suffered plenty: It was revealed that an abscess on his butt once caused him to bleed through a pair of designer pants.