Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder has offered to testify before the House Oversight Committe virtually, according to a statement by his attorney. The Oversight Committee wants Snyder to testify about allegations of a toxic work environment on the Commanders team.
After declining a hearing on June 22, Snyder is prepared to testify on July 28 or 29; however, his attorney, Karen Seymour, says she has not heard back from the committee since June 30.
“In an effort to accommodate the Committee’s interest in speaking to him promptly, however, I informed the Committee’s staff that, on the assumption that our due process concerns could be resolved, Mr. Snyder could make himself available for a voluntary appearance by Zoom on July 28 or 29 – notwithstanding that he would still be in Israel with his family at that time – and that I would travel to Israel to represent him.”
Part of the letter Seymour sent to the Oversight Committee reads:
“As I hope you can understand, I am concerned that the way the Committee staff has proceeded — including inaccurate public statements accusing Mr. Snyder of attempting to ‘evade’ an appearance and ‘seek[ing] special treatment’ is not only unfair, but will detract from Mr. Snyder and his family’s ability to focus on the solemn rituals associated with the observance of his mother’s first Yahrzeit, for which they have spent many months preparing.”
This has been an ongoing back and forth, as the committee has asked Snyder to testify since October. The lawyer argued that due to schedule conflicts, he has not been able to testify. According to Seymour, Snyder will be in Israel for “much of July” due to the anniversary of his mother’s death.
In June, the chair of the committee, Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), responded to Seymour, as she constantly declined the invitation for Snyder to testify, that she would issue a subpoena for Synder to be deposed by the Congressional investigators.
The Oversight Committee released a statement on Thursday:
“We remain committed to securing Mr. Snyder’s testimony on the toxic work environment at the Washington Commanders following his failure to appear voluntarily at the Committee’s hearing and his continued refusal to allow his attorney to accept service of a subpoena. We are continuing to negotiate with his counsel to ensure the Committee can obtain the full and complete testimony we need, and we are reviewing her latest correspondence.”
The Commanders will begin training camp on July 27, then their first preseason game is scheduled for August 13.