NEW YORK -- A lawyer for Brian McNamee called on Congress to
demand and make public the recording of a December interview
between his client and two private investigators hired by
Roger Clemens' attorneys.
A lawsuit filed Sunday by Clemens against his former trainer
contains what appears to be an excerpt of the interview, which took
place Dec. 12. That was one day before the release of the Mitchell
report, in which McNamee accused Clemens of using steroids and
human growth hormone.
"They should ask for the entire tape of the interview back in
December. That's the tape they should ask for," Earl Ward, one of
McNamee's lawyers, said Tuesday. "According to Brian, they tried
to get him to recant. Brian said, look, what I told the [Mitchell
and federal] investigators was the truth."
On Monday, McNamee's lawyers released faxes purportedly signed
by Clemens and Andy Pettitte that stated investigators Jim
Yarbrough and Billy Belk work for the law firm representing them.
They asked that Clemens' attorneys voluntarily release the entire
Dec. 12 recording.
Ward said the House Committee on Oversight and Government
Reform, which has asked Clemens and McNamee to testify Jan. 16,
should ask for the recording. If it isn't turned over, Ward said
the committee should subpoena it.
"I think it would be important for Congress to show how
consistent Brian has been," Ward said.
Joe Householder, a spokesman for Clemens' lawyer, Rusty Hardin,
said Congress has not yet made a request for the tape.
"The committee has only requested Roger's presence as a
witness," he said.
McNamee, questioned by federal prosecutors, told them last year
he injected Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs in 1998, 2000
and 2001. Prosecutors had him repeat those charges to Mitchell.
Since the report was issued, Clemens has repeatedly and vehemently
denied the allegations.
At Clemens' news conference Monday, a recording was played of an
ambiguous 17-minute conversation last Friday between the pitcher
"I thought the tape didn't really add anything to the case,"
Ward said. "It was really just a very emotional and tormented
Brian McNamee, who clearly demonstrated that what he is doing is
something that he's tormented by. At that point he still had
tremendous reverence and adoration for Roger."
Pettitte and former Yankee Chuck Knoblauch also have been asked
to testify along with former Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk
Radomski, alleged to have supplied McNamee with
Pettitte admitted McNamee injected him twice with HGH. Clemens
said McNamee injected him only with vitamin B-12 and the painkiller
Committee spokeswoman Karen Lightfoot said Tuesday it still had
not been determined how the witnesses would be grouped.
If Clemens and McNamee testify together, it likely would make
for great theater. Clemens said he was "shocked" that Pettitte
admitted using HGH and that "Andy's my friend -- I'm not passing
judgment on Andy." But would Pettitte pass judgment on Clemens if
Clemens also said during his news conference in Houston that if
McNamee had come to his hometown, "I would be afraid for him
because my family's very upset ... and I'm trying to keep my
composure together through all this."
"Especially after Roger's comment yesterday, I don't think
they're going to put him on the same panel," Ward said.