The Home Oversight Committee chairwoman implored Washington Commanders proprietor Dan Snyder to rethink his choice to not testify at a listening to subsequent week, additionally saying his causes for rejecting their invitation have been based mostly on inaccuracies.
Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) despatched a six-page letter to Snyder’s lawyer, Karen Patton Seymour, saying Snyder may testify nearly on the June 22 listening to, like NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will do. Maloney gave Snyder a 9 am Monday deadline to alter his thoughts after what she termed have been “extra lodging.”
In October, Congress started investigating Snyder and Washington’s office tradition beneath his possession, together with claims of sexual misconduct. Roughly 4 months prior, the NFL concluded its personal investigation and fined Washington $ 10 million. Congress, although, opened its investigation after complaints a few lack of transparency by the NFL into what was realized. Lawyer Beth Wilkinson delivered her report orally, resulting in the preliminary tremendous.
Throughout a spherical desk session in February, a former worker alleged Snyder positioned his hand on her leg beneath the desk at a enterprise dinner and that he tried to pressure her into his limousine.
On Wednesday, Seymour despatched a five-page letter to the committee explaining why Snyder wouldn’t testify.
Seymour mentioned Snyder can be overseas on a long-planned enterprise journey. She additionally mentioned Snyder had requested to obtain paperwork beforehand.
However Maloney wrote that Seymour’s letter contained a “variety of inaccurate assertions and calls for however don’t embody any legitimate motive for Mr. Snyder’s refusal to seem.”
Maloney mentioned the committee provided to accommodate Snyder’s plans to attend an awards ceremony in France by permitting him to seem remotely.
“Mr. Snyder has not recognized any scheduling challenges that may forestall him from testifying earlier than the Committee whereas overseas,” Maloney wrote.
She mentioned Snyder didn’t say he couldn’t return earlier than the listening to, if he most popular to testify in particular person. Maloney additionally mentioned they gave him three weeks’ discover which, the letter acknowledged, exceeds their traditional timeframe.
“Any suggestion that the Committee has handled Mr. Snyder unfairly is unfounded, particularly on condition that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has agreed to testify voluntarily on the identical listening to,” Maloney mentioned.
She wrote that Snyder’s calls for went past what the committee has finished previously. For instance, she mentioned, their request to know the identification of different witnesses who’ve testified in regards to the workforce and / or Snyder – and whether or not these witnesses have made allegations in regards to the workforce or Snyder. In addition they wished to know the main points of these allegations.
Maloney mentioned if Snyder agreed to testify, they’d be keen to supply copies of the workforce’s paperwork produced by the NFL that the committee expects to make use of in the course of the listening to. She additionally mentioned they might accommodate Snyder’s request to obtain copies of paperwork that committee members intend to make use of of their questioning. Maloney mentioned the committee was beneath no obligation to supply these paperwork however would achieve this if Snyder agreed to testify.
Maloney’s letter acknowledged that Seymour was incorrect in saying any alleged misconduct occurred “greater than a decade previously.” Maloney pointed to testimony from a former worker who mentioned she was sexually harassed in 2019.
Washington fired a number of staff after allegations of sexual harassment have been uncovered by the Washington Put up in the summertime of 2020. Others who have been additionally charged with sexual harassment had already left the group or resigned that summer time.
Maloney additionally mentioned Snyder may testify regardless of different ongoing investigations, which was another excuse given for Snyder’s hesitation to testify, based on his lawyer’s letter. The NFL opened one other investigation after the previous worker’s allegations in February. Additionally, the lawyer generals in Virginia and Washington, DC, are wanting into allegations of monetary improprieties. The workforce rejected these claims, laying out their case in a 105-page letter with signed affidavits delivered to the Federal Commerce Fee.
“Congress has lengthy investigated issues topic to parallel proceedings,” Maloney wrote.
Lastly, Maloney dismissed Snyder’s declare that the committee failed to supply extra details about the character and scope of the investigation. She pointed to a number of situations through which they laid out their objective. Republicans on the committee have rejected the explanations for the investigation.
Maloney mentioned by not testifying, Snyder refuses to “settle for accountability for his actions for the tradition he has fostered inside his workforce.”
She mentioned Snyder’s refusal to testify was inconsistent along with his repeated commitments to cooperate with the committee. She mentioned it might “solid doubt in your assertion that the Commanders at the moment are a mannequin of the right way to make extraordinary enhancements in office tradition.”
Earlier within the day, Maloney launched two items of laws based mostly off Congress’ investigation into the Commanders. The primary invoice, referred to as the Accountability for Office Misconduct Act, focuses on what she termed the abuse of non-disclosure agreements.
The opposite invoice, referred to as the Skilled Photos Safety Act, stems from allegations that movies have been made for Snyder, that includes footage of Washington’s cheerleaders’ bare physique components whereas they have been on location throughout a photograph shoot. Based on the invoice, it might present staff a say in how and when their pictures are used for enterprise functions.