Burris says that McNamee may not be the ideal witness but that he doesn't seem to have any reason to lie about Clemens. "What hurts Clemens more than anything else is that these two people [Pettitte and McNamee] contradict him. They were all friends. Why would McNamee lie about Clemens and be truthful about the others?" he said, referring to Pettitte and former teammate Chuck Knoblauch.
Clemens could be in a similar situation to his former client, explains Burris. "The similarity is that they are both big-time personalities and they are both in denial. One has been charged and one hasn't been. If Clemens had gone before a grand jury and repeated his account, that would be comparable to Bonds."
Another precedent for the case is that of Miguel Tejada, whom the committee believed had lied in its earlier investigations. It's asked the Department of Justice to investigate.
Tejada's lawyer Mark Tuohey declined to comment on the Clemens hearing or his client. He did say that a recent report that Tejada, a native of the Dominican Republic, could be deported was "pure speculation."