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PICTURES: Perjury Accusations and Congress: Roger Clemens Isn't First, or Probably Last PICTURES: Perjury Accusations and Congress: Roger Clemens Isn't First,...

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PICTURES: Perjury Accusations and Congress: Roger Clemens Isn't First, or Probably Last


In this picture, former State Department official Alger Hiss (left) and his wife leave a New York City federal courthouse in January 1950 after Hiss had been sentenced to five years in prison. His sentence was the result of two grand-jury perjury counts stemming from his and former Time magazine editor Whittaker Chambers' 1948 testimony in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee. Chambers claimed that Hiss had been a member of the U.S. Communist Party and had passed official documents to the Soviet Union. Roger Clemens (center) is on trial for making false statements, perjury, and obstructing Congress when he testified in a 2008 inquiry by the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee on his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs. Caspar Weinberger, secretary of defense under President Reagan, was indicted in 1992 on five counts of lying to Congress in connection to the 1980s Iran-Contra scandal. As one of his last acts in office, President George H.W. Bush pardoned Weinberger later that year.(Getty/AFP)

Baseball legend Roger Clemens isn't the first person to be charged with lying to Congress; he's only the latest to go to trial. Clemens is accused of lying when he testified in 2008 to a House committee that he never used performance-enhancing drugs. His trial begins on Wednesday.

(RELATED: Why the Roger Clemens Perjury Trial Is Good for America)


Below are some of the more notable examples of congressional and Congress-related perjury and obstruction cases.

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