Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens was indicted on charges of lying to Congress about steroid use.
The charges relate to Clemens's February 2008 testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, during which he denied, under oath, that he had ever used performance enhancing drugs.
The indictment, which is 19 pages, includes five separate charges: three counts making false statements and two counts of perjury. All of them pertain to Clemens's congressional testimony.
"Whether it's a Member of the Cabinet, a CEO or a professional athlete, if there is evidence that someone has intentionally misled a Congressional investigative Committee, they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible," said Kurt Bardella, a spokesman for the Oversight and Government Reform Committee's top Republican, Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.). "There is no mechanism to justify lying to Congress."
The 2008 hearing came after George Mitchell, then a former senate majority leader and now President Obama's Middle East peace special envoy, issued a report commissioned by Major League Baseball on the use of steroids in the sport. The report alleged that Clemens, Barry Bonds, Miguel Tejada and other baseball greats had used performance-enhancing drugs.