WASHINGTON (AP) -A draft letter asking the Justice Department to investigate whether Roger Clemens made false statements to Congress has been written by House staffers, The New York Times reported on its Web site Monday. The chief of staff for committee chairman Henry Waxman said no decision has been made on whether to ask for a criminal investigation.
The newspaper report cited three unidentified lawyers familiar with the matter.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held the Feb. 13 hearing at which personal trainer Brian McNamee repeated his allegations that he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone - and Clemens repeated his denials. Both men spoke under oath during depositions and at the hearing.
``I am not going to comment about our internal process except to point out that no decision has been made yet on a referral,'' Waxman's chief of staff, Phil Schiliro, wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press. ``We are continuing our review and it is possible a decision will be announced this week.''
Waxman and ranking Republican Tom Davis have been working in concert during the committee's look at steroids in baseball, dating to the 2005 hearing with Mark McGwire.
But as of Monday evening, the committee's two sides hadn't been in contact about a letter or a referral.
``We've not been told about a draft letter. We haven't been told to expect one. And we haven't been told about a process where anyone was supposed to draft a letter,'' committee Republican general counsel Keith Ausbrook said.
Also Monday, McNamee lawyer Earl Ward said his side will file papers by March 4 asking a federal judge to dismiss the defamation suit Clemens filed against McNamee. Ward said McNamee's legal team will cite ``various grounds of jurisdiction as well as the deficiency in the pleading.''

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