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 this...it'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.