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Clemens, the nanny, and the lawyers

Rep. Waxman just finished a session grilling Roger Clemens, again about the 1998 party at Jose Canseco's house.

Waxman said that the committee had tried to get Clemens's team to track down a nanny that Brian McNamee said was at the house that day. Waxman described reluctance on behalf of Clemens's team to turn over the name -- or if not reluctance, a stalling process.

They made a request to get the nanny's info on Friday. They made another request at 5 p.m. on Sunday. They got the information on Monday. They finally talked to the nanny on Tuesday.

Waxman then said that the nanny testified not only that Clemens was there at the house, and that Debbie Clemens and the kids actually stayed over at Canseco's.

What happened next amounts to the most dramatic exchange thus far. Waxman said that the nanny told the committee that Clemens had called her -- for the first time since 2001 -- to come over to his house in Houston on Sunday.

"I don't know if there's anything improper in this," Waxman said. "But I do know it leaves the appearance of impropriety. The impression it leaves is terrible."

Basically, Waxman accused Clemens of doctoring a witness.

Then ...

Rusty Hardin, one of Clemens's lawyers, jumped up. He wagged his finger at Rep. Waxman, saying that it was his idea to get the nanny. Lanny Bruer, Clemens's other attorney, also stood up, calling it "innuendo" which was "terrible."

They've now decided to take a 15 minute break. Answer the poll if you haven't already.

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 13, 2008; 12:12 PM ET
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