Prosecutors relied heavily on recordings of Roger Clemens’ 2008 deposition and his statements to Congress, focusing on possible inconsistencies as testimony in the perjury trial of the seven-time Cy Young Award winner resumed in U.S. District Court Monday morning after a five-day recess.
Noteworthy in the deposition, Clemens: says he received “25 t0 50” injections of Vitamin B-12 during his career, says that his wife felt “part of a trap” set by government witness Brian McNamee, appears to contradict himself on whether he knew what was in the Mitchell Report about him about two months before testifying before Congress.
Congressional staffer Phil Barnett was back on the stand as audio evidence of the deposition and video of Clemens’ testimony before Congress was played. Barnett was the majority staff director for the House committee to which Clemens testified in 2008. The prosecution is using Barnett (who was on the stand when a mistrial was declared last July) to make it clear why lawmakers felt it important to question Clemens in the first place.
Clemens is charged with lying to Congress about taking steroids and human growth hormone.