Yesterday Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee testified in court on the issue of whether or not Clemens used performance enhancing drugs. I for one think that this was a very interesting look into the issue and that it was must see TV.
The biggest bombshell was the revelation that Clemens former friend turned monumental snitch, Andy Pettitte, testified that Roger Clemens told him that he used HGH. When asked about whether or not he felt that Pettitte was lying about that, Clemens replied by saying that he felt that Pettitte “misremembers” their conversation. I don’t even know if thats a real word.
It was also revealed that Clemens’ camp tampered with a witness. The witness was the Nanny, who can coaberate that Clemens and his family were at a party at Jose Canseco’s house. This was the genesis of the discussion that Roger Clemens got involved with steroids with Canseco at house. Clemens invited the Nanny over to his house two days before she was to testify to the Congressional commitee and after that she claimed that she didn’t know anything about the party. Sounds to me like the actions of a guilty man.
Another thing that I noticed that was interesting was that all of the Republicans on the commitee were for Rogers Clemens and the the Democrats were for Brian McNamee. This shows that Roger has some pull with Republicans and has people in high places who he can call. He mentioned George Bush Sr. at one point, I bet you they have each other in their fav 5′s.
Here are some of the highlights of the 4 and half hour hearing for me:
Rep. Dan Burton’s attack on Brian McNamee. He probably got an autograph at least but he sounds like a psycho and he completely embarrassed Indiana, even more than Kelvin Sampson:
Rep. Elijah Cummings speaks to Roger Clemens:
In this one Roger Clemens seems ready to lay the beatdown on Chaiman Henry Waxman. Waxman proceeds to pull out the gavel and shut Clemens up.
Overall I’d say that on this day, there was no clear cut winner. I think they both McNamee and Clemens were made to sound like they were lying but I’d say that the biggest story was Pettitte cooperated and told on Roger. This could potentially turn into a perjury case because someone is obviously lying.