Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Decision on Palmeiro Perjury Could Come Next Week

The House Government Reform Committee's investigation into whether Baltimore Oriole player Rafael Palmeiro committed perjury this March when he testified (quite emphatically) that he had never taken steroids, and then was suspended by major league baseball after a positive steroid test, could wrap up as soon as next week.  Committee Chairman Tom Davis and Ranking Member Henry Waxman issued a terse statement (here) about the investigation: "Government Reform Committee staff continues to review the documents related to Rafael Palmeiro’s positive steroid test and will have no further comment on any questions related to the documents for at least a week."  Palmeiro authorized major league baseball to release information related to his test after the Committee requested the information.  An AP story (here) notes that Palmeiro believes he will be able to tell his side of the steroid story soon, but on the (good) advice of his lawyers he will not discuss the issue until the Committee completes its investigation. (ph)

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