"Would Bush pardon Roger Clemens?"
Longtime trainer Brian McNamee has accused pitcher Roger Clemens of taking performance-enhancing drugs in 1998, 2000, and 2001. Clemens has denied these charges under oath. Yesterday, one of McNamee’s lawyers took a slap at the Bush administration and said that even if Clemens is found guilty of lying, he may receive a presidential pardon:
“It would be a prospective pardon,” Emery, one of the lawyers for Clemens accuser Brian McNamee, said Thursday. “They’re perfectly legal and it would be typical of the George Bush White House. We’d expect Bush to call Clemens a ‘historic figure’ who has done so much for this country and then let him off.“
Clemens’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, denied that his client would be found guilty of anything and added that Bush has “more pressing things on his plate than steroids.”
UPDATE: Former President George H.W. Bush’s spokesman confirmed that the former president supports Clemens’ efforts to clear his name. “President Bush called Roger,” Bush’s spokesman told Newsday. “They are very friendly.”