House committee accepts Snyder’s offer to testify virtually

by: STEPHEN WHYNO, Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform has accepted an offer to have Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder testify virtually on July 28.

Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney wrote a letter to attorney Karen Patton Seymour on Tuesday saying he would be permitted to testify via Zoom under the terms set out in the committee’s original subpoena “to ensure that Mr. Snyder’s testimony will be full and complete and will not be restricted as it would be if the deposition were made voluntarily.

The committee is set to give Snyder access to exhibits used in prior depositions and interview transcripts as well as descriptions of the redacted information, which were among the items requested by his representatives in an earlier letter. July 28 was also one of their favorite dates after declining several previous invitations.

Snyder did not appear on his first invitation with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who testified virtually June 22, with prior obligations and international travel among the reasons.

His camp has until Wednesday at noon EDT to confirm that Snyder will appear before the committee, which launched an investigation into the team’s work culture last year after the league failed to release a report on his independent review of the organization, resulting in a $10 million fine. .

Congress has since considered accusations of widespread sexual harassment of women who worked for the team by Snyder and other executives. According to a document released by the committee, Snyder conducted a “shadow investigation” aimed at discrediting former employees accusing him of workplace sexual harassment, hired private investigators to intimidate witnesses and used an overseas lawsuit as a pretext to obtain phone records and emails. .

Patton Seymour wrote to the committee last week proposing that Snyder would be willing to testify voluntarily on July 28 or 29. A message sent to a company representing Snyder was not immediately returned.

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