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May 30, 2012



I don't like Clemens much, but I think he should be allowed to inform the jury that Issa doubted the "legitimacy" of the Committee inquiry into the topic on which Clemens is accused of lying. (If Issa merely doubted its "wisdom," my opinion is the opposite. The article says both.) The legitimacy of the Committee's inquiry is a fundamental issue that has nothing to do with total freedom of debate.

I see no reason why Issa should have to actually testify. Not only is the Speech and Debate Clause important, but there's no disputing what Issa said. Any further points he could contribute now that underlie or exceed his quoted statement, such as his present "expert opinion" or whatever else, are irrelevant unless he himself wants to retract or qualify what he actually said.

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