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Burton attacks McNamee's credibility

As we said in the last entry, it seemed that Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) has sided with Roger Clemens. He pointed out several interviews from 2006 and 2007 in which Brian McNamee was quoted as saying he did not provide Clemens or Andy Pettitte with HGH or steroids. Burton, several times in a row, said, "Is that a lie?" and McNamee responded, "Yes."

"Oh, it's another one," Burton said sarcastically. Then the Congressman from Indiana railed against McNamee and the hearings as a whole.

"This is really disgusting. You're hear as a sworn witness. You're hear to tell the truth. You're hear under oath, and yet we have lie after lie after lie after lie. ... I don't' know what to believe. I know one thing I don't believe, and that's you."

Burton then fell in line with Clemens's team about how the legendary pitcher will never be able to recover his reputation.

"Roger Clemens is a baseball, he's a titan in baseball, and you with all these lies which are not true, are destroying his reputation. Now, how does he get his reputation back?" Burton allowed that "if these allegations aren't true", then it woudl be damaging.

Just now, under questioning from Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), one of Clemens's attorneys made what was seen as an unusual request to speak to the committee. Rep. Waxman said that the committee's rules allowed Clemens to consult with his counsel, but that counsel could not direct the committee directly.

Lynch is continuing now, mostly about B12 shots Clemens received during his time with the Blue Jays.

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 13, 2008; 11:42 AM ET
 
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