Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Jose Canseco's request for immunity so that he can testify completely -- beyond the statements already contained in his book, 60 Minutes interview, and numerous other promotional appearances -- has been rejected by the House Government Reform Committee, to no one's real surprise. The Committee did excuse Jason Giambi from having to testify because he had already testified before a federal grand jury in 2003 under a grant of immunity, and it likely did not want to grant him immunity while denying it to the other witnesses. Whether any of the other witnesses, which will include Mark McGwire, who had not indicated earlier whether he would attend, will assert the Fifth Amendment is still unclear. The hearing begins Thursday, March 17 at 10:00 a.m., and will be carried live on ESPN, feeding the circus atmosphere. An AP story here discusses the Committee's decision and the reaction of Canseco's attorney.