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McNamee meets Clemens prosecutor, investigators

Friday, January 16, 2009

By HOWARD FENDRICH

AP Sports Writer

WASHINGTON -- Roger Clemens' former personal trainer Brian McNamee was questioned for five hours Friday by federal prosecutors and investigators building a perjury case against the seven-time Cy Young Award winner.

McNamee did not speak to reporters, only shaking his head when asked if he would comment, when he arrived Friday morning at the U.S. Attorney's office in Washington accompanied by his lawyers, Richard Emery and Earl Ward.

McNamee has told federal agents, baseball investigator George Mitchell and a House of Representatives committee that he injected Clemens more than a dozen times with steroids and human growth hormone from 1998-01. This, however, was McNamee's first meeting with Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Butler, who is presenting evidence to the federal grand jury determining whether Clemens should be indicted on charges of lying to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

"Brian has cooperated from the beginning of this investigation, and he was thorough and careful and well-prepared," Emery said in a telephone interview afterward. "There's nothing 'old hat' about it. He takes his responsibility as a witness extremely seriously."

Besides the lead prosecutor, McNamee met Friday with the top fraud and corruption prosecutor in Butler's office and two federal investigators. Federal agent Jeff Novitzky -- who has been at the center of the BALCO and Barry Bonds cases -- participated via telephone.

Emery would not say what was discussed and declined a request to interview McNamee.

"All I can say about the substance of the discussions is that they were very well prepared," Emery said while traveling out of Washington on a train. "They are pursuing lines of investigation that are extremely probative and are going to be extremely useful in this investigation. They are doing a heck of a good job."

Emery said he has not been told when McNamee, a former New York police officer, will speak to the grand jury.

McNamee and convicted steroids dealer Kirk Radomski figure to be among the primary witnesses against Clemens, whose lead lawyer did not respond to requests for comment.

Friday's session with Butler and others likely was in preparation for McNamee's testimony. A day earlier, and only a few blocks away, Radomski appeared at the federal courthouse where the grand jury meets twice a week.

A former New York Mets' clubhouse attendant, Radomski has admitted to selling speed, steroids and HGH to dozens of players from 1995 until Dec. 14, 2005. And it was Radomski who led federal investigators to McNamee.

McNamee, once close friends with the former baseball star, has turned over to government agents syringes, vials and other items his lawyers said would link Clemens to drug use. Clemens' camp has called it "manufactured" evidence.

McNamee repeated his allegations under oath to congressional investigators and at a public House hearing in February -- and Clemens testified in the same settings that he did not use performance-enhancers.

"I have never taken steroids or HGH," the 354-game winner said under oath.

Two former teammates of Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Chuck Knoblauch, both acknowledged to Congress that McNamee was correct when he said they used performance-enhancers.

The he-said, he-said nature of the sworn testimony given to Congress by McNamee and Clemens last February prompted lawmakers to ask the Justice Department to take up the matter -- and investigate whether the former pitcher lied. The case was brought before a grand jury after an 11-month FBI investigation.

Clemens last pitched in the major leagues for the New York Yankees in 2007. Another of his former teams, the Houston Astros, has confirmed that Clemens will not be working out with their minor leaguers at spring training in Florida this year, something he did do just weeks after testifying on Capitol Hill.



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