CAPITOL HILL -- One of Brian McNamee's lawyers predicts Roger
Clemens will be pardoned by President Bush. Richard Emery says some
Republicans treated his client harshly during yesterday's hearing
on Capitol Hill because of the pitcher's friendship with the Bush
The hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and
Government Reform broke down along party lines. Many Democrats were skeptical of Clemens' denials that he used performance-enhancing
drugs and Republicans questioned the character of McNamee, the
personal trainer who made the accusations against the seven-time Cy
Young Award winner.
Clemens repeated his denials under oath, which could lead to
criminal charges if federal prosecutors conclude he made false
statements or obstructed Congress.
After being told about Emery's remarks, White House deputy press
secretary Tony Fratto said simply, "I'm not aware of Mr. Clemens
having been charged with anything."
During the hearing, Clemens cited his friendship with former
President Bush, a baseball fan who regularly attends Houston
Astros' games. Clemens said he was on a recent hunting trip when
the elder Bush called with words of support.