Seymour has said Snyder would only appear if his “due process” concerns could be resolved. To that end, she has offered that Snyder could appear “voluntarily,” meaning he would not be taken under oath and could refuse to answer certain questions. Seymour also informed committee staff that Snyder would not raise questions about matters covered by non-disclosure agreements. Many former Commanders employees who reported stories of sexual harassment or abuse were required to sign non-disclosure agreements in order to receive severance pay.
Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (DN.Y.) clarified in Tuesday’s letter that such conditions are unacceptable and the committee intends to proceed with a subpoena “to ensure that Mr. Snyder’s testimony is complete and complete and is not.” limited as it would be if the statement had been made voluntarily.”
As part of a subpoena, Snyder was placed under oath, could not choose which questions he would answer, and could not cite NDAs as a reason for refusing to answer questions. Such questioning would be conducted by House Counsel and conducted in a private setting.
A spokesman for Snyder said late Tuesday: “Mr. Snyder’s attorneys are reviewing the committee’s letter to determine whether their concerns about due process, including the circumstances of Mr. Snyder’s appearance, have been adequately addressed.”
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In Tuesday’s letter, Maloney wrote: “You have made it clear to committee staff that a voluntary appearance would preclude matters covered by non-disclosure agreements (NDA). Mr. Snyder has a disturbing history of using non-disclosure agreements to cover up workplace misconduct – conduct central to our investigation – and it would be highly inappropriate for him to use the same tactic to withhold information from the committee. Other former Commander-in-Chief associates have taken part in Committee testimony under subpoena and Mr Snyder should not be treated differently.”
Snyder declined the committee’s invitation to testify about the team’s workplace at its June 22 public hearing on Capitol Hill, citing a schedule conflict and concerns about fairness and “due process.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell accepted the panel’s invitation and testified remotely that day. In response to Snyder’s snub, Maloney said she would issue a subpoena to compel Snyder’s testimony by testifying the following week. To date, Snyder and his attorney have refused to receive the subpoena. Seymour said Snyder is staying out of the country.
Concluding Tuesday’s three-page letter, Maloney noted that the committee had delayed Snyder’s testimony by almost a month to accommodate his schedule and would make additional arrangements to allow him the opportunity to testify remotely, giving him access to exhibits and transcribed interviews of other Witnesses and to provide him with a description of the types of information redacted in previous transcripts.
Maloney gave Snyder’s attorney until noon Wednesday to confirm that she will accept service of the committee’s subpoena and that Snyder will appear on July 28 for a recorded Zoom testimony.