The congressional hearing featuring Roger Clemens and other Major League Baseball players named as steroid users in the Mitchell Report has been postponed until Feb. 13, according to a release by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The delay gives the committee time to coordinate its investigative efforts with the Justice Department, according to committee chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif), and time for federal authorities to meet with trainer Brian McNamee . . .
. . . One of McNamee's attorneys, Richard Emery, said there is no "stated agenda" for the meeting but they are expected to discuss Clemens' claims that McNamee lied about his steroid use to Mitchell and federal investigators.
If Congress is simply interested in airing the issues relating to steroids in baseball, they have no need to get involved with the who-lied-to-whom aspects of all of this before conducting hearings. That's what the defamation suit is all about. To the extent they are focusing all of this on whether McNamee or Clemens lied -- and only talking to McNamee's people about it beforehand -- Congress looks very much like its stepping into McNamee's shoes and conducting a deposition of Roger Clemens in their civil case.
Personally, I don't very much appreciate my tax dollars being used to subsidize the legal representation needs of private litigants. How about you?