New developments in steroid investigation

January 14, 2008 4:17:11 PM PST
There are new developments in the Roger Clemens steroids controversy. On Monday, Clemens' attorney, Rusty Hardin, met for about an hour with congressional staffers in Washington investigating claims that Clemens used performance enhancing drugs.

In a statement, Hardin said he had a good meeting with the committee staff who laid out details about next month's hearing on steroids. The committee has invited Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Chuck Knoblauch and Clemens' former trainer, Brian McNamee to testify before them.

Clemens said he's willing to testify in an open session, but Hardin would not commit to having Clemens give a deposition.

ESPN reported Hardin is hedging over the deposition request because it could interfere with Clemens' defamation lawsuit against McNamee. He's the one who claims he injected Clemens with steroids.

Meantime, USA Today reported that former Senator George Mitchell asked twice to speak with Clemens about alleged steroid use before Mitchell released his report on drugs in baseball. He said he sent letters to the Major League Baseball Players' Association on two different occasions, asking to speak to all the players mentioned in the report before its release.

Clemens has said he did not know his name would appear in the report.

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