Does Daniel Snyder plan to avoid Congressional subpoena by hiding out on his yacht?

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I’ve joked in the past that one of the hidden benefits of having a superyacht comes from the ability of the owner to hide out on the boat indefinitely, in order to avoid service of process. It may not be a joke.

The Wall Street Journal recently delved into the question of whether Snyder is using the upgraded S.S. Minnow with the goal of avoiding a subpoena from the House Oversight Committee.

Why else would Snyder’s lawyer flatly refuse to accept service of the subpoena on her client’s behalf? The inescapable message from her client is this: Good freakin’ luck.

So let’s play this out. Snyder reported will be out of the country into August. Would he continue to cruise through international waters and/or dock in foreign ports until after the November election, assuming the Republicans retake the House? Although the new Congress wouldn’t officially take over until January, there’s not much time for meaningful work in a lame-duck period that includes the holiday season.

He’d have to be willing to not attend any Commanders games. Would he do that? He’d have to be willing to absorb all criticism that would come from the perception/reality that he’s staying out of the country in order to avoid being required to testify before Congress. Given the criticism he already experiences, how much more can there be?

The league doesn’t seem to care. They continue to be, by all appearances, afraid of Snyder. Thus, we fully expect the league office to continue to sit silently while Snyder floats lazily in any of the various oceans or seas, for a three-hour tour or something a lot longer than that.

24 responses to “Does Daniel Snyder plan to avoid Congressional subpoena by hiding out on his yacht?

  1. Snyder never had been able to do anything to make himself look better publicly.

  2. I can’t be the only one here that looked at my screen and said “You can DO that?” kinda like Joe Pesci.

  3. If one of the major American political parties didn’t completely cater to the billionaire class and its assorted corporate criminals, there would be no clock to run out.

    Snyder knows half the country’s voters will keep him safe.

  4. What a insecure little man. That happens to have a boat load of money and a big boat to play hide + seek with

  5. Rich people don’t have to obey the law. This country has become so corrupt it’s a joke.

  6. How do these guys live with themselves. I guess billions of dollars lessens the guilt.

  7. Snyder is rich, so he lives under a different justice system than the rest of us. This is something that needs to be changed.

  8. What if he does hide out on his yacht? Other politicians have done the EXACT same thing until the heat died down and the media was no longer interested.

  9. Until they lawfully serve him with a subpoena, he’s entirely free to go where he pleases. My guess is that he has nothing to gain and potentially a lot to lose by testifying so he would be well advised to take a long vacation, until Christmas at least. Since Mrs Snyder is officially running the team, the league is unlikely to do anything about it if Dan is abroad for a few months.

  10. This is as good a time as any for a vacation abroad, this country is a mess. If I had a yacht, that’s where I would be too.

  11. Well he definitely is not making himself look better or less guilty. But on the flip side I can’t say I blame him for doing this. If I had a mountain load of wealth and the ability to stay where the law couldn’t touch me I’d probably do it too

  12. In over 30 years of practicing law I’ve learned only a couple certainties, and one is that only the parties at fault try to dodge service.

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