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An attorney representing Dan Snyder has told Congress the Washington Commanders owner will not testify at a hearing next week as part of an investigation into the team’s workplace conduct.
Attorney Karen Patton Seymour sent a letter to House Oversight and Reform Committee leaders on Wednesday explaining why Snyder declined the invitation to appear at the June 22 hearing. Reasons given included uncertainty about the scope of the questioning given multiple ongoing investigations and a scheduling conflict that prevented Snyder from appearing in person.
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Seymour wrote that Snyder “cannot accept the committee’s invitation to testify” at the hearing, which the committee called the next step in the investigation and said it will examine how the NFL handles allegations of workplace misconduct and how sets and enforces standards for everyone. equipment
“Mr. Snyder remains fully available to assist the committee in its investigation,” Seymour wrote in the letter to Chairman Carolyn B. Maloney (DN.Y.) and Consumer and Economic Policy Subcommittee Chairman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D. -Ill.) .
A spokeswoman for the committee said it intends to go ahead with the hearing as scheduled and plans to respond to Snyder’s camp letter.
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell accepted the invitation to testify and informed the committee Wednesday that he will appear virtually, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said.
Semyour said the committee failed to assuage concerns about what issues would be addressed by Snyder, citing investigations by former Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Jo White on behalf of the NFL and Virginia attorneys general. and the District of Columbia.
“Although the committee indicated that the hearing would ‘focus’ on historical cultural issues in the workplace, I was advised that the committee would not provide any assurance that the questions directed at Mr. Snyder would be limited to those issues, given the broad latitude granted to members to ask questions beyond the issues identified by the committee,” he wrote.
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Congress launched an investigation into the team’s work culture after a league-supervised independent review led to a $10 million fine, but did not include a written report for public release.