Daniel Snyder’s lawyer tells Congress there is “no valid basis” to subpoena him for testimony

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The House Oversight Committee clearly wants Commanders owner Daniel Snyder to testify. He clearly does not, in my opinion.

And so the dance continues, with Snyder (in my opinion) hoping to run out the clock on the current Congress, hopeful that the Republicans will retake control of the House of Representatives and end the investigation into the Commanders.

On June 22, during an open hearing at which Commissioner Roger Goodell voluntarily testified, Committee chairperson Carolyn Maloney expressed an intention to subpoena Snyder. In the three weeks since then, the two sides have been engaged in an awkward dance. Snyder will testify, but on his own terms. The Committee wants no restrictions on his testimony.

Snyder should have no restrictions. He’s using his wealth, power, and privilege to create obstacles. His lawyer, who possibly is charging him four figures per hour, is doing the job she’s been hired to do. Delay, delay, delay.

That’s the big takeaway from the latest link in this goofy-ass chain. Via Peter Hailey of NBC Sports Washington, Karen Patton Seymour’s latest letter to the Committee claims that “there is no valid basis to issue a subpoena for Mr. Snyder’s testimony.” Seymour adds that Snyder is willing to testify remotely on July 28, but without a subpoena.

The back-and-forth over the subpoena comes from a very narrow and specific wrinkle in the broader case. Without a subpoena, Snyder will be able to hide behind any and all nondisclosure agreements that settled potential claims against him or the team. With a subpoena, he’d have to answer questions about what happened.

It’s a standard term in NDAs. The parties agree not to talk to anyone about anything related to the subject of the agreement, with an express exception for testimony subject to a subpoena. Because a subpoena always trumps an NDA.

Seymour nevertheless claims that “Mr. Snyder will be able to provide full and complete testimony during his voluntary appearance.” Without a subpoena, however, he’d technically be able to hide behind any and all NDAs, most of which surely were crafted not to protect the other party to the deal, but to protect Snyder himself.

Obviously, there’s a reason for Congress wanting Snyder to testify subject to a subpoena. If it truly won’t make a difference, he should just do it.

Until he does, it will appear that he doesn’t want to. That he’s possibly trying to run out the clock. That the Committee, just like the league office, is afraid of him.

Why is everyone afraid of this guy? C’mon, people. Do your jobs. Do the right thing. Quit screwing around with Snyder and get him under oath, before it’s too late to do it.

31 responses to “Daniel Snyder’s lawyer tells Congress there is “no valid basis” to subpoena him for testimony

  1. Anyone else sick and tired of these super rich people using their wealth to get away with crimes? And nothing ever happens to them.

  2. Little Danny Boy needs to be under oath, and testify ASAP. Can the other owners just get together & vote him off the island? He’s a disgrace & a terrible human being.

  3. In hindsight, as long he owns the team, They should be named the Washington Weasels. That being said, I look forward to the Rivera/Mayhew tandem to make some noise in their division.

  4. Why would they vote out the most inept and joke of an owner in the league? It would be like kicking a bad poker player out of a game, keep taking his money

  5. phlyspecial says:
    July 13, 2022 at 3:25 pm
    Why would they vote out the most inept and joke of an owner in the league? It would be like kicking a bad poker player out of a game, keep taking his money
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    Easy answer to that. He is stealing the other owner’s money.

  6. johnthorpe says: “Anyone else sick and tired of these super rich people using their wealth to get away with crimes?”
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    Hate to burst your bubble, but Snyder isn’t being accused of committing any crime…

  7. They should bring whatever they can to bring this guy down. It would be good to bring out the dirt on any and all owners that run their franchises as if it’s the 1950s

  8. Snyder is toxic. I do my best to keeps people like this as far away from me as possible.
    Narcissistic, wealthy & toxic – remind you of anyone else?

  9. Not that I’ve ever been subpoenaed, but I had no idea this was an option.

  10. It’s simple, if you’re super rich in America today you can get away with anything. There are no consequences for these guys. It’s infuriating. And even the so-called leaders who say they are against them, won’t do a thing about it, except write a few tweets.

  11. Innocent people do it as a civic duty! He wants the public to fund his stadium and to fleece the fans on everything from tickets to straws, but he doesn’t see it as just doing the right thing to clear the air?!

  12. Wow. If any of us ignored a subpoena, there would be a knock at the door with an arrest warrant.

    But rich people seem to be able to ignore subpoenas.

    I’m not saying that Congress should subpoena Snyder, just that that laws should apply equally, regardless of how much money one has.

  13. Hey Roger, any discipline for this? I think he is smudging the NFL shield and violating the personal conduct policy…not nice for the league image. Especially since he is an owner.

  14. We’ll be damned if we’ll let the NFL remove Daniel Snyder from his ownership role. We stand behind him 100%!

    — The owners of the other 3 NFC East teams

  15. nhpats2011 says:
    July 13, 2022 at 3:36 pm
    Under what authority does Congress have to compel Snyder to testify?
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    Why is the US Congress involved with any of this?
    Aren’t there more important issues to deal with? Ridiculous!

  16. I dont like Snyder at all.
    But this feels like politicians trying to score points and make Snyder look bad – I dont think the goal here is to learn more so they can craft better legislation.

  17. There is no incentive for him to testify. Don’t go, but if he does say nothing.

  18. nhpats2011 says:
    July 13, 2022 at 3:36 pm
    Under what authority does Congress have to compel Snyder to testify?

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    Is this a serious question?

  19. RobfromAmarillo says:
    July 13, 2022 at 6:26 pm
    nhpats2011 says:
    July 13, 2022 at 3:36 pm
    Under what authority does Congress have to compel Snyder to testify?
    ————
    Why is the US Congress involved with any of this?
    Aren’t there more important issues to deal with? Ridiculous!

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    Consumer fraud is absolutely a civic issue.

  20. I don’t like Dan Snyder one bit. He’s ruined the franchise. But that aside, I would do everything in my power to avoid testifying to them just like he’s doing. From a legal standpoint, there is absolutely nothing for him to gain and potentially much for him to lose. Hating on him for doing exactly what you or I would do is just silliness

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