New York Democrat Anthony Weiner says he asked the FBI to quit picking on Roger Clemens. The congressman says Congress has better things to do -- like funding pork barrel projects, perhaps (from the New York Daily News)?
The New York Democrat called on the FBI to end its investigation into whether the Rocket lied to Congress.
Federal law-enforcement officials should use their limited resources to target serious threats to the nation, such as terrorism and organized crime, Weiner said during a conference call with reporters.
As we know there are several investigations going on concerning Clemens's integrity in his Congressional testimony when he denied using PEDs.
Clemens denied using the illegal drugs during a Feb. 5 deposition with the committee's lawyers and in a highly contentious hearing on Feb. 13. In a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey, committee chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia, the committee's ranking Republican, said Clemens' denials were contradicted by evidence gathered during the committee's investigation - including testimony from the Rocket's longtime friend and teammate, Yankee pitcher Andy Pettitte.
Capitol Hill sources have told the Daily News that Clemens's fierce insistence on publicly challenging allegations in the Mitchell Report under oath forced lawmakers to refer that matter to the FBI.
But Weiner insists the FBI has better things to do with its time and resources than investigate perjury allegations, even if the alleged crime took place on national television.
So why should Congress pursue Clemens as well as investigate anabolic steroids, HGH, and other PEDs?
- Because the truth is an important ethical concept worth defending. Perjury remains a serious issue.
- Because steroid and PED use (like HGH) represents a hugely lucrative illegal industry for organized crime
- Because PED distribution supports a gazillion-dollar underground network that includes money-laundering and income-tax fraud
- Because the PED (steroids and other drugs) distribution networks also distribute other illegal drugs including narcotics and stimulants
- Because these drugs are also obtained from AIDs patients, thus diverting legally prescribed pharmaceutics to illegal activities
- Because the use of these drugs amounts to practicing medicine without a license
- Because the use of illegal PEDs defrauds the paying public who are deceived by the drug-cheats; this constitutes fraud
- Because many MLB games are played in public financed venues, that raises issues of misuse of public funds when the games are not fairly played
- Because that the trafficking of PEDs though players that use, trainers that distribute, or street-dealers that sell, represents illegal drug activity, certainly answerable to the federal government and the FBI
- Because illegal PEDs likely made their way through international checkpoints (like Canada) with players breaking international regulations (see Juan Gonzalez's story)
- Because that it is clear youngsters under 18 use PEDs (steroids and others) based somewhat on their idol's use of PEDs
- Because these illegal drugs produce serious medical side-effects, which in themselves are cause for concern, but also represent a major public health problem
- Because there is evidence the PEDs are addictive
- Because illegal anabolic steroids have been shown to be involved in felonious crimes beyond drug trafficking -- crimes like murder, assault, and rape.
- Because the US Olympic team, which is obviously a visible ambassador to the world, appears to be violated by the drug-cheats and the PED dealers
Kinda getting tired here, although we could think up a couple other reasons Congress should be concerned about the PED problems.