The Oversight Committee left an empty seat with a name card labeled “Mr. Snyder” at Wednesday’s hearing, referencing the absence of the Commanders owner, who did not attend in person or virtually because of a scheduling conflict.
Now, the committee is intent on not making attendance an option for Snyder.
At Wednesday’s hearing, committee chairwoman Carolyn Maloney announced that the committee intends to issue a subpoena to Snyder, which would force him to testify in the committee’s investigation into workplace misconduct at the Commanders.
First, Maloney asked NFL commissioner Roger Goodell if there would be any discipline for Snyder refusing to appear, to which Goodell responded that the league has no control over whether Snyder chooses to appear or not.
That’s when Maloney made it known that the committee intends to take the option out of Snyder’s hands.
“Mr. Snyder has not been held accountable,” Maloney said. “His refusal to testify sends a clear message that he is more interested in protecting himself than coming clean to the American people. If the NFL is unwilling or unable to hold Mr. Snyder accountable, then I am prepared to do so.
“That is why I am announcing now my intent to issue a subpoena for the testimony of Mr. Snyder for a deposition next week.”
A deposition is typically not done publicly, so it is likely Snyder’s testimony will take place in private, unlike Wednesday’s hearing. But it does seem as if Snyder will have to talk about the Commanders workplace culture and previous allegations under oath.
“The committee will not be deterred in its investigation to uncover the truth of workplace misconduct at the Washington Commanders,” Maloney said.