- The Washington Times
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

The chairwoman for the House Oversight and Reform Committee said Wednesday that she will issue a subpoena for Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder to testify in front of the committee for a deposition next week. 

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, a New York Democrat, made the revelation during Wednesday’s hearing in which NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appeared remotely. Mr. Snyder declined to voluntarily appear at the hearing, objecting to the format and date of the panel. Ms. Maloney has said that Mr. Snyder is in France for an awards ceremony. 

“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,” Ms. Maloney said. “If the NFL is unwilling to hold Mr. Snyder accountable, then I am prepared to do so. The committee will not be deterred in its investigation to uncover the truth of workplace misconduct at the Washington Commanders.” 

Ms. Maloney said she was calling on Mr. Snyder to testify after she asked Mr. Goodell if he was going to discipline the embattled billionaire for not appearing. 

“I don’t have any responsibility to whether he appears before Congress,” Mr. Goodell said. 

Prior to the hearing, the committee released a 29-page memo that said Mr. Snyder ran a “shadow investigation” during the league’s probe into the team’s workplace in an attempt to discredit his accusers. 

“It is clear the outcome of the House Oversight Committee’s investigation into the Washington Commanders was predetermined from the beginning,” a spokesperson for Mr. Snyder said before the hearing. “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.”

• Matthew Paras can be reached at mparas@washingtontimes.com.

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