Clemens, McNamee Both Grilled Hard

Clemens lawyers lash out at committee chair Waxman
By Chip Bayers,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2008 1:50 PM CST
Clemens, McNamee Both Grilled Hard
Former New York Yankees baseball pitcher Roger Clemens, center, listens as his attorney's Rusty Hardin, left, and Larry Breuer, right, try to address members questions during testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, before the House Oversight, and Government Reform committee...   (Associated Press)

The biggest fireworks in today's House Oversight Committee hearings on the Mitchell Report involved Brian McNamee's claims that Roger Clemens and Jose Canseco discussed steroids and HGH at a party at Canseco's house several years ago. Clemens says he was playing golf the day of the party, and has receipts to show it. At one point, Clemens' attorneys leapt up to defend him against what they described as committee chairman Henry Waxman's "innuendo" that he had interfered with a witness, a former nanny whose testimony put him at the party.

As the New York Times live blog of the proceedings suggests, questioning at times appeared to break down along party lines, with Republican members like Christopher Shays and Virginia Foxx attacking the credibility of McNamee, accusing him of, among other things, misrepresenting himself as a doctor when he held a PhD from a diploma mill. Chairman Henry Waxman, meanwhile, led a series of Democrats telling Clemens they doubt his credibility more than McNamee's. (Read more Roger Clemens stories.)

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