Don Snyder’s lawyer told Congress he will not testify at next week’s hearing as part of an investigation into the Washington Commanders’ ownership team’s office behavior.
Attorney Karen Patton Seymour on Wednesday sent a letter to House Committee on Oversight and Reform leaders explaining why Snyder had declined an invitation to attend the June 22 hearing. Numerous ongoing investigations and a lack of assurance about the scope of questioning due to a scheduling discrepancy that prevents Snyder from appearing in person are among the reasons provided.
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At the hearing, Seymour wrote that Snyder “could not accept the committee’s invitation to testify,” calling on the committee to take the next step in the investigation and examine how the NFL office handles allegations of misconduct and how it sets and enforces standards for all. Teams.
“Mr Snyder is fully prepared to assist the committee in its investigation,” Seymour wrote in a letter to chairwoman Caroline B. Maloney (DN.Y.) and subcommittee on economic and consumer policy chairman Raja Krishnamurthy (D-Ill.). .
A committee spokesman said the investigation was expected to proceed as scheduled and planned to respond to a letter from Snyder camp.
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League spokesman Brian McCarthy said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had accepted the invitation to testify and told the committee on Wednesday that he would actually attend.
Semior said the committee failed to alleviate concerns about what to report to Snyder, citing research by Mary Joe White, former chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission on behalf of the NFL, and the Attorney General of Virginia and the District of Columbia.
“Although the Committee has indicated that the hearing will be ‘focused’ on the issues of historic office culture, I am informed that in view of the broader latitude, the Committee does not give any assurance that the questions sent to Mr. Snyder will be limited to those issues only.
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An independent review overseen by the league began an investigation into the congressional team’s office culture after it imposed a $ 10 million fine, but did not include a written report for public release.