Paul  Weyrich

After the theatrics of the Congressional hearing subsided, one would have thought the issue would be closed. Wrong. It appears some Representatives need more publicity on the issue. Representative Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Chairman of the Committee, and Thomas B. Davis, III (R-VA), Ranking Member, sent a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey on Wednesday urging the Department of Justice to investigate whether Clemens perjured himself and made knowingly false statements in his testimony.

This is what the resources of Congress and the Federal Government are being used for? Since when does Congress have authority over sports in the first place? The last time I read the United States Constitution there was no mention of a power to regulate athletics. But now we have two days worth of testimony on the issue and a letter urging the Department of Justice, which is already strained morally and financially, to waste its limited resources on an investigation into something over which Congress has no jurisdiction.

After releasing the letter Davis stated, "For the good of the investigation and integrity of the Committee, we've asked the Department of Justice to get to the bottom of this." This is utterly ridiculous. Shame on these Representatives for misusing their power.

The Justice Department ought to ignore this letter, the Congressional testimony, and everything else involved with the case. Sure, some performance-enhancing drugs are illegal. If Clemens acted unlawfully he should be punished by local law enforcement. He also should be denied induction into the Hall of Fame and have his records/achievements tossed out. But let's be serious - Congress has no business in baseball.


Paul Weyrich

Paul M. Weyrich is the late Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation.
 
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