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Washington Commanders lawyer Daniel Snyder reiterated Monday that Snyder would not testify before Congress on June 22, despite a request from the committee to reconsider.
Karen Patton Seymour declined the initial invitation from the House oversight committee, which is investigating the commanders’ alleged “toxic workplace culture,” saying Snyder had a “long-running boss-related business conflict” and is out of the country in late June. Seymour had also requested copies of documents that committee members intended to use in their interrogation.
On Friday, President Carolyn Maloney, DN.Y., had sent Snyder’s attorney a six-page letter stating that Snyder could testify virtually at the June 22 hearing, similar to what NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to do. day. The chairman also said the committee was not required to provide documents but would do so if Snyder agreed to testify.
On Monday, Seymour wrote to the committee that “Mr. Snyder’s business conflict was planned long before then and cannot be reorganized. Furthermore, your letter’s proposal that Mr. Snyder may testify externally does not address my concern that a virtual appearance would not protect sufficient. Mr. Snyder’s interest in having his lawyer physically present with him. “
She went on to say: “The cheaters and the team remain fully willing to cooperate with the committee and are eager to share the cultural transformation undertaken by the managers if the committee is interested in obtaining this information in a way that is in accordance with the appropriate fair process. ” and the protection of justice. “
A spokesman for the House Oversight Committee told ESPN in a statement: “If Mr Snyder had really been obliged to cooperate with the committee’s inquiry, he would have accepted the committee’s invitation to testify about the commanders’ toxic workplace culture. been more than accommodating – even allowing Mr Snyder to testify far from France.His refusal to testify sends an unmistakable signal that Mr Snyder has something to hide and is afraid to come clean to the American public and take action “In the course of its investigation, the NFL will not be determined to uncover the truth about workplace dishonesty with the Washington Commanders.”
In July 2021, the NFL Commanders imposed a $ 10 million fine after their investigation into the franchise’s workplace culture under Snyder’s ownership. Congress began its investigation shortly after, in October, and is also investigating allegations from a former employee who said she was sexually harassed by Snyder in 2019.
Washington fired several employees after allegations of sexual harassment were exposed by The Washington Post in the summer of 2020. Others, who were also accused of sexual harassment, had already left the organization or resigned that summer.
Maloney said Snyder could testify despite other ongoing investigations, which was another reason given for Snyder’s hesitation, according to his lawyer’s letter. The NFL opened another investigation into the former employee’s allegations in February. Attorneys General in Virginia and Washington, DC, are also investigating allegations of financial inadequacy.
“Congress has long investigated cases that are the subject of parallel proceedings,” Maloney wrote.
She said that by not testifying, Snyder refuses to “accept responsibility for his actions for the culture he has fostered within his team” and casts doubt on his “claim that bosses are now a model for how to make extraordinary improvements in the workplace culture. “
ESPN’s John Keim contributed to this report.