Dan Snyder may no longer be able to escape the wrath of the U.S. Congress.
According to reports released by the democratic-led U.S. House Committee, their investigation into the Washington Commanders owner found that he conducted a “shadow investigation” into claims that he had created a toxic workplace culture within the organization. The report goes on to say that Snyder worked closely with the NFL to bury any findings from the team’s internal investigation into the matter.
Committee chair Carolyn Maloney (D-New York) announced on Wednesday that she intends to subpoena Snyder for a deposition.
“The NFL is unwilling or unable to hold Mr. Snyder accountable,” the Committee Chair stated. “That is why I am announcing now my intent to issue a subpoena for Mr. Snyder for a deposition next week. The committee will not be deterred in its investigation into the Washington Commanders.”
Among the allegations that the committee has made against Snyder are that he worked to make it seem as though former President Bruce Allen was to blame for everything. He also reportedly attempted to “steer the direction” of the internal investigation, while discrediting anyone who was against him.
Among other allegations described in the memo, the committee’s eight-month investigation found evidence that Snyder used subpoena authority available to parties involved in overseas lawsuits to obtain correspondence from former president Bruce Allen and other former employees. The goal, according to the memo, was to build a case to the NFL that Allen was to blame for the team’s toxic workplace environment, and that former employees were conspiring to disparage Snyder.
The committee says Snyder used a common-interest agreement between the Commanders and the NFL to “attempt to steer the direction” of the independent investigation into the team led by attorney Beth Wilkinson and to discredit the people accusing him, including those cited in reports published by The Washington Post, by providing the NFL and Wilkinson with “derogatory information about them.”
Snyder has had a rather eventful couple of years, but somehow he’s remained the owner of the Commanders through it all. Don’t be surprised if that changes in the very near future, after he’s forced to speak to the committee under oath.