House Oversight and Reform Committee chairwoman Carolyn Maloney will issue a subpoena for Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder to compel him to testify before the committee next week, she announced on Wednesday.
“Mr. Snyder’s refusal to testify sends a clear signal that he is more concerned about protecting himself than coming clean to the American public,” Maloney said. “If the NFL is unwilling to hold Mr. Snyder accountable, then I am prepared to do so.”
The announcement came during the committee’s questioning of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who agreed to testify remotely at a hearing about the Commanders’ workplace culture.
Both Snyder and Goodell were invited to speak to the committee, which is currently investigating the team and the NFL’s handling of allegations of sexual harassment and workplace misconduct. Snyder declined to attend.
Prior to the hearing, the committee released a 29-page memo, which alleged Snyder and his legal advisers conducted a “shadow investigation” and built a “dossier” in an apparent attempt to discredit accusers, reporters and others central to allegations of extensive workplace misconduct.
“It is clear the outcome of the House Oversight Committee’s investigation into the Washington Commanders was predetermined from the beginning,” a spokesperson for Snyder said Wednesday. “The committee’s decision to release a ‘report’ and introduce legislation prior to the hearing is proof-positive this was always going to be little more than a politically-charged show trial, not about uncovering the truth. Hopefully, the committee will utilize its resources going forward for more pressing national matters, instead of an issue a football team addressed years ago.”
The committee began investigating the Commanders and the NFL in October 202l, when it requested Goodell release all findings and documents related to the league’s investigation into the team. Goodell was asked again to release the report Wednesday.
“We have a summary report, Madam Chairwoman,” Goodell said. “The report was broad in its nature but specific to the fact that the culture at the Washington Football Team for too long was toxic and incorrect. We made a commitment to protect their identities.”
The NFL first launched an investigation into Washington after a July 2020 report by The Washington Post detailed accounts from 15 former female employees alleging sexual harassment by various staffers over the course of 18 years. Snyder initially vowed to conduct his own investigation into the workplace culture before the league took over in the wake of a follow-up report listing Snyder as the overseer of an “organization in which women say they have been marginalized, discriminated against and exploited.”
In July 2021, the NFL fined Snyder $10 million.
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