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Palmeiro was suspended by baseball later that year after failing a drug test. That House panel looked into whether Palmeiro should be investigated for perjury; he said the positive test must have been caused by a tainted B-12 vitamin injection given to him by Tejada.
That led investigators to Tejada, who was questioned at a Baltimore hotel. He was not under oath, but court documents say he was advised "of the importance of providing truthful answers."
"If Congress or a representative of Congress asks somebody a question in their official capacity, that question must be answered truthfully. There are no options to prevaricate or withhold the truth or parts of the truth," Durham said Thursday.
"Sometimes the truth is quite unflattering," the prosecutor noted. "Sometimes it's embarrassing to people. But it is not optional."
According to court documents, Tejada told congressional staff "he had no knowledge of other players using or even talking about steroids or other banned substances." But in former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell's 2007 report on drug use in baseball, Oakland outfielder Adam Piatt is cited saying he discussed steroid use with Tejada and provided Tejada with testosterone and HGH. The report included copies of checks allegedly written by Tejada to Piatt.
That all led to Thursday.
Tejada flew to Washington from Florida on Wednesday night, leaving his team's spring training camp long enough to spend 1 1/2 hours in a courthouse. The Astros had a day off Thursday, so Tejada didn't miss an exhibition game or even a workout.
"We're happy that this issue is resolved," Astros general manager Ed Wade said in a statement issued by the team. "Miguel can now focus on baseball and direct all of his energy toward being a key member of the Astros. It was resolved the way Miguel and his representatives believed it would be, and we can now all move forward."
Tejada is batting .257 with one homer and three RBIs in 35 at-bats for the Astros in Grapefruit League action. He also played for the Dominican Republic team that flopped in the World Baseball Classic with a surprising first-round exit.
Tejada didn't stop to take questions on his way out Thursday, saying only, "Yes," when a reporter asked if he was relieved.
"He's looking forward," Tuohey said, "to playing ball."
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