Friday, January 18, 2008

Roger Clemens Hires New D.C. Powerhouse Lawyer

As if Rusty Hardin wasn't enough, Roger Clemens, in anticipation and preparation for his meetings with members of Congress, has hired a "big gun," a Washington D.C. lawyer named Lanny A Breuer. This is from the January 18th New York Times, and then I'll return with some comments...

"Roger Clemens has bolstered his legal team, hiring a powerhouse Washington lawyer, Lanny A. Breuer, who represented former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment hearings as well as numerous corporations that were the subject of Congressional investigations.
Lanny A. Breuer, the Washington lawyer hired by Clemens, represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment hearings.
Rusty Hardin, Clemens’s Houston lawyer, said late Thursday that he had recruited Breuer to be his client’s “local counsel” in Washington because of his expertise.
“We’d talked to him, and we’d just been waiting a day or two to check out conflicts,” Hardin said. “He had no conflicts.”
Clemens, who has won seven Cy Young awards but now finds his legacy in jeopardy, is facing a Congressional investigation as the result of his challenge to the Mitchell report released last Dec. 13. Breuer specializes in Congressional investigations.
That committee now wants to hear what Clemens has to say under oath about the accusations in the Mitchell report made by his former trainer, Brian McNamee. Clemens contends the accusations are false.
Lanny J. Davis, another prominent Washington lawyer, who worked with Breuer as White House counsel for Clinton, said bringing in Breuer was an excellent decision by Hardin and Clemens.
“I can’t think of a better lawyer in Washington to represent Mr. Clemens or anybody that needs help in the Congress or in the public arena than Lanny Breuer,” Davis said in a telephone interview. Davis, who said he had been following news reports about Clemens, said: “I think Mr. Clemens has to be transparent and tell the truth, and I think that’s what Lanny Breuer is all about. I hope he told the truth to ‘60 Minutes,’ but if he didn’t, then he’s got to do it in front of Congress, and I think there’s no one better than Lanny Breuer to do that job.”

Peter here, and I know that the preceding Times excerpt was a little long, but I pared it down, leaving only the most important information. If you ask me, Roger is doing a smart thing. Breuer knows all about the D.C. comings and goings, and, most importantly, has the experience necessary to do a competant job. But, as Lanny (another Lanny?) Davis, Jr. said in one of the preceding paragraphs, Clemens MUST TELL THE TRUTH. So it's up to you, Mr. Rocket Man. As Tom Hanks said in the movie A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, "there's no crying in baseball." I'll add this..."there's no lying in front of Congress." Words that Clemens will have to live by. Or else!!

Click on the title of this post for the Boston Herald's Tony Massarotti's great article dealing with's time to sign our skipper, Terry "Tito" Francona, to a contract deal, hopefully for more than one year. I think we would all agree that he, more than anyone, deserves it. Two World Championships in four years? Case closed. PERIOD. The Massarotti piece is linked there just for you. Simply click on this post's title. Have a great Friday and a knock out weekend as we wait in anticipation for the NFL League Championship games. I'll tell you this..I'm rooting for the Patriots (of course..they're MY team) and, believe it or not, the Green Bay Packers, led by their grizzled but still clutch quarterback, Brett Favre. Why don't I root for the Giants? Easy...I think of them as the Yankees in helmets!
Hey, BE WELL!! And thanks for coming by.


At 1/18/2008 9:44 AM, Blogger Lynsey said...

Hi! Happy New Year! How were your holidays?!

At 1/18/2008 10:21 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Hello Lynsey...they were great. It's already January 18th! Time flies, I guess. I hope your first year New Year was great too....and by "first" New Year," I meant you as a family of three. Thanks! be well!

At 1/18/2008 4:20 PM, Blogger gingerly said...


You don't think there's any chance Clemens will reverse course when he's before Congress, do you? I was surprised when the article actually mentioned this as something he might do.

Me, I'm convinced that whatever the worst thing to do is, that's what Roger will do. I see this becoming biblical in proportion. The guy just keeps raising the stakes.

Could he actually say he lied?! Amazing thought.


At 1/19/2008 6:46 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Maybe, Keith, when the realization that he IS testifying before the Congress of the United States of America hits him, he will change his story. But then again, maybe not and he's been telling the truth and nothing but the whole truth the entire time. We'll find out, AND SOON!! Have a great weekend, my friend, and thanks for being an everyday reader. Pete

At 2/20/2009 9:45 AM, Blogger Billy said...

Most ballplayers today are taking homeopathic human growth hormone oral spray because it's safe, undetectable, and legal for over the counter sales. As time goes on it seems it might be considered as benign a performance enhancer as coffee, aspirin, red bull, chewing tobacco, and bubble gum.

At 2/20/2009 3:44 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

I don't think that'll EVER happen, Billy.


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