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Former Trainer Wants FBI Records in Civil Suit Against Roger Clemens

Steve Neavling

The former Yankees trainer suing former pitching superstar Roger Clemens for slander wants to use FBI records in the civil defamation case, the New York Post reports.

The trainer, Brian McNamee, claims in Brooklyn federal court that Clemens “intended to deceive the public and Congress into falsely believing that McNamee is a liar,” according to the Post.

McNamee is requesting FBI notes of an interview with Yankee pitcher Andy Pettitte.

McNamee intends to take sworn depositions from Clemens, Pettitte and their wives, the Post reported.

Yankee Boss Steinbrenner Cooperated With FBI to Get a Presidential Pardon

By Allan Lengel

The sometimes cantankerous and bigger than life N.Y. Yankee owner George Steinbrenner cooperated with the FBI on national security cases and other matters in the 1970s and 1980s, which helped him land a pardon from President Reagan in 1989, the New York Times reported.

His pardon was for a conviction for illegal contributions to President Nixon’s presidential election campaign. He was initially denied a pardon in 1979, the Times reported.

The Times reported that “it is not surprising that Steinbrenner helped the F.B.I., to help his case for a pardon but perhaps also to demonstrate his avowed patriotism. But clearly, he wanted a pardon.” He was fined $15,000 for his conviction, but served no time.

Steinbrenner died in July 2010.

The Times reported that in his “first pardon application in 1979, Steinbrenner wrote that his conviction prevented him from voting, affected his business, led to his suspension from baseball, and limited his participation in civic and charitable activities where his ‘status as a felon’ could embarrass those groups.”

Besides helping with national security matters, he once showed his willingness to let authorities use Yankee Stadium as a roundup point for arrests in a crackdown on organized crime gambling, the Times reported. But cold weather prompted a change in venue.

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FBI Files Show Steinbrenner Dodged Agents Probing His Illegal Donations to Nixon

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — The often outspoken and never shy late Yankees owner George M. Steinbrenner was not so talkative when it came to an FBI probe into his illegal campaign contributions to President Nixon’s re-election campaign, the New York Daily News reported.

Based on FBI documents released Thursday, the Daily News reported that Steinbrenner dodged FBI agents investigating the matter, and they were  told he was traveling.

The Daily News reported that FBI Director Clarence M. Kelley wanted his agents to give the probe the highest priority.

“This investigation is to be afforded highest priority and security,” Kelley wrote in one teletype. “Cleveland to assign most capable personnel to achieve prompt positive results.”

In a handwritten notation on another memo, Kelley wrote, “hit this real hard with the best talent … Positive results are expected,” the Daily News reported.

Steinbrenner pleaded guilty in 1974 to giving illegal campaign contributions and was fined $15,000. He made the campaign contributions through bonuses to his employees at the American Shipbuilding Co., who then donated the money.

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