Congress to Subpoena Sosa, Giambi, McGwire
Former Oakland Athletics sluggers Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi were among seven current and former baseball stars that a congressional committee plans to subpoena as soon as Wednesday to testify about steroids. Curt Schilling, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro and Frank Thomas also were asked last week to testify. Thus far, only Canseco and Thomas have said they were willing to appear. “We hope subpoenas won’t be necessary, but we are prepared to move forward with subpoenas [Wednesday] if we receive information that witnesses are not willing to appear voluntarily,” David Marin, a spokesman for House Government Reform Committee chairman Rep. Tom Davis, said Tuesday.
The Baltimore Sun first reported on the subpoenas earlier Tuesday on its Web site.
According to reports, Barry Bonds, whose role in baseball’s steroids scandal has been questioned for the last year, has not yet been subpoenaed.
It’s unclear to me what this accomplishes, beyond grandstanding for the Congress. There have also been reports that a similar hearing will be held by the Senate.