McNamee's lawyer predicts presidential pardon for Clemens

By: associated press
By: associated press

(AP) -- 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 family.

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.

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