After saying repeatedly that Roger Clemens will answer any questions Congress wants to ask him, a source familiar with the inquiry said Saturday night that attorney Rusty Hardin is hedging over the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's request to depose Clemens under oath next week because it might interfere with his defamation lawsuit against personal trainer Brian McNamee.If Billy backs down, then it's Subpoena Time!
Alan Schwarz has a good piece in the Times about the strategy Clemens and Hardin are taking. Marina Ein, a crisis-management consultant based in Washington, DC, on Clemens's 60 Minutes appearance:
He fell into a trap he didn't see. Early in the interview, he said about steroids, "Where would I get the needles?" But later, talking about how McNamee's injections were only lidocaine and vitamin B12, apparently needles were no problem. I guarantee you that the authorities are going to jump all over that. He did exactly what you should fear would happen.