Daniel Snyder declines to appear at June 22 hearing of House Oversight Committee

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The coverup continues.

Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder has declined a request to appear and testify on June 22 for a hearing of the U.S. House Oversight & Reform Committee.

Via Axios.com, attorney Karen Patton Seymour communicated the decision in a four-page letter sent to the Committee on Wednesday.

The letter cites several reasons for Snyder’s decision not to attend at testify, both substantive and procedural. This one stands out: Seymour writes that, on June 22, Snyder “has a longstanding Commanders-related business conflict.” That’s confusing, given that Snyder supposedly isn’t currently involved in the day-to-day business operations of the Commanders.

Seymour gives other reasons related to “fundamental notions of fairness and due process” arising from an alleged refusal by the Committee to “provide such basic information that would enable a witness to defend himself,” especially with multiple other pending investigations regarding the team generally and Snyder personally.

The letter also tries to downplay the basis for the pending investigation by the Committee, by pointing out that “any alleged misconduct . . . occurred more than a decade in the past.” The issue isn’t when it happened. The issue is whether Snyder and the team faced fair and proper consequences for that misconduct, whatever it may have been. (We still don’t know specifically what it was, because it’s been hidden.)

Congress began investigating the situation because the 10-month investigation conducted by attorney Beth Wilkinson ended with no written report, at the request of the league, and no recommendations — even though she would have recommended that Snyder be compelled to sell the team. The fact that the underlying events happened more than a decade ago simply doesn’t matter. What matters is whether the league properly handled the information that Wilkinson developed, or whether it’s all being concealed in order to protect Snyder and, in turn, other owners who may eventually face allegations of workplace misconduct.

As the saying with clear Washington origins goes, the coverup is worse than the crime. It’s impossible to know that in this case, because the coverup continues to shield whatever it was that happened from public view. With Snyder unsurprisingly not prioritizing the request and otherwise clearing his calendar for what should be a matter of extreme importance, the Committee — and the rest of us — still won’t know what there is to know about Wilkinson’s investigation, her findings, and the most fair and appropriate consequences.

Of course, some of that information may come from Commissioner Roger Goodell, if he shows up next Wednesday.

18 responses to “Daniel Snyder declines to appear at June 22 hearing of House Oversight Committee

  1. Accountability is the only thing that frightens people with Snyder’s obscene wealth. He’ll hide until the end of time.

  2. How does this rodent simply decline to appear? They need to subpoena him and drag him out to face the public. And the kicker is, he wants our tax dollars for his new playpen. America is run by these criminals. All we do is follow the distractions of social issues that they fan the flames of through their corporate media holdings.

  3. Coward! We have lived with him hiding under his desk, not taking any personal responsibility for any of the garbage going on in the organization, not even a word to the media on the Del Rio fiasco last week! I’d like to think he’d have the decency to at least talk to Congress!

  4. I’m glad this is at the top of Congress’ to do list rather than curbing inflation and supply chain issues in stores. Congress really couldn’t care less about the American people.

  5. Not a fan of Snyder. No way going to Congress will be beneficial to him or portray his team in a good light. Any testimony he gives will just result in more nagativity. He is not required to go. Why voluntarily make matters worse? Better to be thought the fool than to remove all doubt.

  6. They should absolutely pull the anti-trust exemption from the NFL over Snyder. The other owners would kick him out immediately for hosing them. Expect nothing from Goodell as he is the master of answering while saying zero.

  7. To be honest. Our government has to shrink. This is getting crazy. Government over reach non stop

  8. Our country is headed full speed into the greatest recession since the Great Depression. Gasoline prices are the highest they’ve ever been. There are food shortages, and supply chain issues around the world, but some ALLEGED misconduct by a football team is somehow a priority?

  9. I am not sure any good lawyer would recommend their client not attend voluntarily.

  10. Snyder has a lot of secrets and is terrified to have to answer questions under oath.

  11. Guys 100% agree that Congress has way more important things, but as a fan of the club he destroyed, I want him gone and the NFL is not going to do this on their own!! Burn him at the stake!! Not really but get rid of him for sure!!

  12. Away overseas on Commander business? They have overseas business? I thought Snyder was banned from representing the team.

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