posted at 1/7/2008 4:53 PM EST
A recount of McNamee's recollection of a conversation he had with Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Parrella and IRS Special Agent Jeff Novitzky was not attributed to a source:
"Listen Brian -- this is [Assistant United States Attorney Matthew] Parrella -- he goes, 'You have three strikes to go to jail.' He goes -- he goes, 'You know, you're a cop.' He goes, 'You picked up steroids and you delivered steroids. That's a federal crime.' He goes, 'And if you lie to a federal agent, you go to jail.' He goes, 'I'm going to tell you' -- my attorney just sat there. He goes, 'Yesterday, you took two steps back' -- no. 'You have two strikes against you to go to jail. You have one more strike.' All right. So, then, they recapped what we talked about that day and then -- the day before. And, then, right away, 'So what about Clemens?' 'Well, what do you mean?' [IRS Special Agent] Novitzky went on this big tirade because it was the biggest embarrassing thing I've ever heard from anybody. He's trying to tell me that I -- that how can I tell him that I don't know anything about steroids and Clemens with, first of all, what they know and then also I must not be good at what I do because I stretch him and I train him; so if I put my hands on his body, how can I not know that his body's changing by taking steroids.
"And then, he threw a piece of paper at me and he goes, 'Do you know how many people we've talked to?' Parrella jumped in. He goes, 'We know about [sic] more about you than you know about yourself.' He goes, 'You're going to jail.' My attorney just sat there. And they said, 'Let's get back to when you first met Clemens in '98.'"
The lawsuit stated that after this exchange, and for the first time in his life, McNamee stated that he had injected Clemens with steroids in 1998, 2000 and 2001.
McNamee has said that after that conversation, he "magically" went from a "target" in a federal criminal drug investigation to a mere "witness," so long as he continued to "toe the line." McNamee, the lawsuit says, states that he gave a detailed statement in which he contended that he repeatedly injected Clemens with steroids.
The lawsuit also said that according to what McNamee has told others, some time after this two-day interrogation, he was again contacted by federal authorities. They wanted McNamee to repeat his story to the Mitchell Commission. McNamee has said that when he initially refused to do so, he was told by the federal authorities he would be moved from "witness" status back to "target" status and fully prosecuted.
When faced with prosecution, McNamee stated, he agreed to speak with Mitchell.
During his interview with Mitchell, with the federal authorities in the room, McNamee is said to have told others it was conducted like a "cold war era interrogation," in which a federal agent merely read to the Mitchell investigators McNamee's previously-obtained statement and then asked McNamee to confirm what he previously stated.