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Grand jury to probe Clemens

A FEDERAL grand jury is investigating whether baseball star Roger Clemens lied to the US Congress last year.

Two people in the know of things spoke on condition of anonymity because grand jury proceedings are supposed to be secret.

Congress asked the Justice Department to look into whether the pitcher lied last February when he testified under oath at a deposition and a public House of Representatives 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 the case from an FBI investigation. A grand jury allows prosecutors to get sworn testimony from witnesses and collect documents.

McNamee's lawyer, Richard Emery, said on Monday his client has not been called as a grand jury witness or received a subpoena. But he does expect McNamee to testify again.

"We will be cooperating. We've been in contact with the federal authorities for a year and a half," Emery said. "We look forward to the results, which we fully expect will show that Brian has been telling the truth all along."

In the Mitchell Report on doping, McNamee said he injected Clemens more than a dozen times with steroids and HGH from 1998-01.


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