The lines were easily noticeable when Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee testified before Congress in mid-February: Republicans supported Clemens, while Democrats sided with McNamee.
Now, the partisan nature of the Clemens v. McNamee testimony has moved further along.
The top Republican on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Tom Davis, issued a 109-page report that challenges the credibility of Clemens’ former trainer, Brian McNamee, who claims to have injected Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs, and was highlighted within the Mitchell Report. As reported by The AP :
"Did Roger Clemens lie to us?" Davis said in a release accompanying the report.
"Some of the evidence seems to say he did; other information suggests he told the truth," the Virginia Republican said. "It's a far more complicated picture than some may want to believe. Memories fade and recollections differ. That's human nature, not criminal conduct."
The report does not take issue with the basis for the criminal referral -- the core matter of whether Clemens lied to Congress about taking performance-enhancers. But it does question McNamee's versions of events on several points.
The report includes portions of additional interviews with new witnesses about certain events, including the now infamous party at Jose Canseco's house.
The report entitled "Weighing the Committee Record: A Balanced Review of the Evidence Regarding Performance Enhancing Drugs in Baseball" is a rebuttal of sorts to an 18-page memo released by the ranking Democrat on the committee, Rep. Henry Waxman in late February.
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