Some lawmakers said they were inclined to give Clemens the benefit of the doubt, noting that his reputation outshone that of McNamee, an admitted steroid dealer. And Clemens and his team clearly wagered that his fame would work in his favor — the week before the hearing, Clemens worked the halls of Congress, posing for photographs with members of the committee investigating him.
But that bravado also rubbed some the wrong way. “Sometimes fame brings an arrogance with it,” said Bruce Braley, a Democrat from Iowa, adding, “They were convinced that the hearing was a chance to clear the air and tell his side of the story, and I think the problem is in an atmosphere like that, that the truth does tend to come out.”
Mark Souder, a Republican member of the committee who resigned from Congress in May after he acknowledged having an extramarital affair, said he read Clemens’s tour of Congressional offices as “I’m trying to use my fame to kind of bowl over you stupid Congressmen.” Clemens, Souder added, failed to follow a basic rule for public figures who are caught up in scandal. “When somebody confronts you, lying doesn’t work,” he said.