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Justice Department asked to investigate Clemens

CAPITOL HILL - Congress is asking the Justice Department to investigate whether Roger Clemens made false statements to a House committee.

The Democratic chairman and ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee say they've sent a letter to Justice. In it, Representatives Henry Waxman and Tom Davis say
they believe that testimony by Clemens in a sworn deposition on February 5th and at a hearing on February 13th, warrants further investigation.

Clemens said he never used anabolic steroids or human growth hormone.

The lawmakers say that testimony is directly contradicted by that of Brian McNamee, who told the committee that he personally injected the star pitcher with anabolic steroids and human growth hormone.

They also say that Clemens is contradicted by the sworn deposition testimony and affidavit submitted to the committee by former teammate Andy Pettitte. His testimony and affidavit reported that Clemens admitted to him in 1999 or 2000 that he had taken human growth hormone.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)