After weeks and months of avoiding the House Oversight Committee, Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder has finally decided to testify.
Snyder’s lawyer announced that he will be testifying on July 28 or 29. Snyder was noticeably absent while hearings into his organization have taken place regarding sexual harassment and other issues in the Commander’s offices.
The House Oversight Committee and Daniel Snyder appear to agree he'll testify by Zoom on July 28. But if they don't agree on whether there are boundaries (Committee says no restrictions), and, if so, what they'd be, expect more negotiation between Committee & Snyder's attorneys.
— Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) July 12, 2022
The Oversight Committee investigating the Commanders wanted Snyder to testify in early July but, due to his travel schedule, he was unable to attend (or so he claimed). Now, according to lawyer Karen Patton Seymour, he is ready to testify.
“On the assumption 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,” Seymour wrote in the letter.
But she noted that, in an earlier statement to Congress, why Snyder remains concerned about testifying.
“The Committee also declined to provide any additional information about the nature and scope of its investigation, including the identity of any other witnesses that have testified about the team and/or my client, whether any such witnesses have made allegations about the team and/or my client, and the substance of any such allegations. The Committee likewise refused to provide copies of documents that members of the Committee intend to question Mr. Snyder about—a courtesy that I understand is often extended to witnesses at congressional hearings.”
If Snyder had refused to testify, he might have been held in contempt.