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Tierney on the offensive

Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) brought up some questions about Brian McNamee's credibility, both in a criminal investigation in Florida in 2001 as well as in his testimony to the committee. They also went into detail about whether Clemens was in fact at a party at Jose Canseco's house for a party during their time with the Blue Jays. Clemens said he was playing golf. McNamee said he was at the party, though lots and lots of people associated with the Jays then -- including Canseco -- have testified that Clemens wasn't there.

But now the questioning has moved on to Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.), and he is focusing on an area in which Clemens said he had never had conversations with McNamee about HGH, but then later testified that he had some intense conversations with McNamee about his wife, Debbie, taking HGH.

"How do you say three times that you never did speak to him aobut it, and then later on say you did in fact have a pretty heated conversation about it?," Tierney said. He added: "You can see how that leads to some credibility issues here."

Clemens admitted that he later had a "very heated" conversation about HGH with McNamee involving his wife, who apparently was having some sort of circulation problems at the time.

"Prior to injecting my wife, we had no conversation about HGH in any substance or any detail," Clemens said.

Dan Burton (R-Ind.) is now questioning McNamee's credibility. He is asking why he held onto the needles that are now in the possession of the federal government. Burton clearly isn't buying McNamee's stories, particularly because he gave incomplete versions of the story both to the Mitchell investigators and the federal government earlier.

"Are you lying about anything else?" Burton said. "Why don't you tell us?"

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 13, 2008; 11:29 AM ET
 
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