The hearing also drew the attendance of Commissioner Bud Selig; Donald Fehr, the executive director of the Players Association; and several other high-level baseball officials -- Orioles owner Peter Angelos, Yankees president Randy Levine, Nationals president Stan Kasten and Bob DuPuy, Major League Baseball's president and chief operating officer.Mitchell said he was confident that all of the recommendations he made in the Report to strengthen the current drug policy would ultimately be implemented. Last week, MLB established a Department of Investigations to internally review drug and other allegations made against Major League players and personnel, and made adjustments to tighten and change a number of clubhouse policies. As far as McNamee was concerned, Mitchell said that McNamee had incentive to tell the truth because of an agreement with the federal government. Under McNamee's federal agreement, Mitchell wrote and repeated for the Committee on Tuesday, "No truthful statements can be used against McNamee in any federal prosecution by that Office; if, however, he should be untruthful in any statements made pursuant to that agreement, he may be charged with criminal violations, including making false statements, which is a felony." Thus, Mitchell added, McNamee had a lot to lose by lying to federal officials, who sat in on his three interviews with Mitchell and was advised "that he could face criminal charges if he made any false statements during these interviews, which were deemed by the prosecutors to be subject to his written agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.