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Posted at 6:42 PM ET, 02/11/2011

Darrell Issa committee subpoenaed in Roger Clemens case

By Felicia Sonmez

California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa has pledged to wield his power as the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to subpoena administration officials.

What Issa may not have anticipated is his committee finding itself, a little over a month into his tenure, on the receiving end of a subpoena.

On Friday, Issa's committee was subpoenaed by the defense in United States of America vs. William R. Clemens, the case involving whether former Yankees baseball star and seven-time Cy Young award winner Roger Clemens lied when he told Congress three years ago that he never used steroids or performance-enhancing drugs.

Clemens's testimony before the Oversight and Government Reform Committee took place in February 2008, when Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), not Issa, was committee chairman. The televised hearing became a public spectacle and was one of the highest-profile congressional hearings in recent years.

The subpoena calls for "all interview summaries, notes and memoranda" related to the 2007 Mitchell Report on steroids in baseball and "all related proceedings" conducted by the committee.

Oversight Committee spokesman Kurt Bardella said that the committee "intends to consult with the House General Counsel's office and will meet its obligations in this matter."

Clemens pleaded not guilty last August to six felony counts, including perjury and obstruction of Congress. His defense has until March 14 to request documents from parties such as the House committee in the case, which is being argued before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 11, 2011; 6:42 PM ET
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Comments

Clemens may be a creep, but compared to the government he's a saint. Go Roger, give them a little chin music!

Posted by: jy151310 | February 14, 2011 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Too funny.

Posted by: rlj1 | February 14, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

lying to congress is not a small deal. It is entirely appropriate that the committees charged with investigating the issue, follow through
Those decrying this as a waste of time and money are not sports fans, so anything that relates to a sport is meaningless to them. But, it isn't about whether or not you follow sports, it's about whether or not you think that you can lie to congress and it's ok.

Posted by: joecairo | February 14, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Was the 2010 election a mandate to stop steroid use by athletes? Why are they wasting time and money on such an inconsequential issue at the same time they are decrying excessive government spending? Let the privately owned ball clubs spend their own money to ferret out the cheaters and get back to the business of fixing the problems in the country. FFS!

Posted by: fingersfly | February 14, 2011 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Was the 2010 election a mandate to stop steroid use by athletes? Why are they wasting time and money on such an inconsequential issue at the same time they are decrying excessive government spending? Let the privately owned ball clubs spend their own money to ferret out the cheaters and get back to the business of fixing the problems in the country. FFS!

Posted by: fingersfly | February 14, 2011 9:17 AM | Report abuse

How stupid!! We have so many problems in this country and with this administration and these rediculous dems are still trying to prosecute Clemens? Who gives a rip if he took steroids. This is a pure example of their spend, spend, spend and accomplish nothing. Subpoena Obama and make him show his birth certificate and records. That id meaningful. We need to get rid of this administration. Reckon a riot would help?

Posted by: annnort | February 13, 2011 5:24 AM | Report abuse

Couldn't happen to a nicer guy! Take Issa down.

Posted by: ptgrunner | February 13, 2011 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Another plan not well thought out by the GOP. Issa was ordered to protect, defend Banks/Corporations and make false charges against the Obama Administration for two more years. Now Issa will have to fine a way of stopping the documents of guilty from coming out to save Clemens who is a close friend of President Bush sr. Clemens lied under oath but admitted it much later so this is a no brainer except Issa get's paid to protect Banks/Corporations and GOP friends. Issa is a great corrupt used car salesman and will be able to sale a story that surpasses Harry Potter if you can believe that.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | February 12, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

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