WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell and baseball officials have been asked to appear before the U.S. Congress regarding the doping report Mitchell issued.
Mitchell, D-Maine, released a 409-page document on Thursday that alleged widespread abuse of performance-enhancing substances. The report named dozens of current and former players -- including high-profile award winners -- and spread the blame among Major League Baseball officials, the teams, the player's union and officials.
U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., invited Mitchell, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and MLB Players' Association Executive Director Donald Fehr to appear Tuesday before the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
A statement from the two U.S. representatives said they planned to ask the witnesses whether recommendations Mitchell made regarding policing doping in baseball would "be adopted and whether additional measures are needed."
"This is a sad day for Major League Baseball but a good day for integrity in sports," Waxman and Davis said in a joint statement. "It's an important step toward the goal of eliminating the use of performance-enhancing substances."