Monday Jan. 12, 2009
(Washington, DC)--Two people briefed on the matter tell The Associated Press that a federal grand jury is investigating whether former pitcher Roger Clemens lied to Congress last year. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because grand jury proceedings are supposed to be secret.
Congress asked the Justice Department to look into whether the seven-time Cy Young Award winner lied last February when he testified under oath at a deposition and a public House hearing that he never took illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
That contradicted the sworn testimony of his former personal trainer Brian McNamee, who said under oath that he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone.
By bringing the case to a grand jury, the Justice Department escalated it from an FBI investigation. A grand jury allow prosecutors to get sworn testimony from witnesses and collect documents.
McNamee's lawyer says his client has not been called as a grand jury witness or received a subpoena but he does expect McNamee to testify again.
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