Daniel Snyder will be subpoenaed by House panel. This is next.

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Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder successfully evaded the fate of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who answered 2½ hours of questions during a congressional hearing Wednesday, simply by refusing to participate.

But by doing so, Snyder may have increased his legal risk and complicated the reckoning the House Committee on Oversight and Reform is determined to have over his role in Washington’s NFL franchise, which has been investigating for eight months.

Snyder is expected to receive a subpoena soon to make an affidavit to the committee next week, as Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (DN.Y.), chair of the committee, announced.

The congressional committee statements are kept private, with attorneys from both sides of the committee present, as well as the person being impeached and their attorney. The interview is fully transcribed; it can also be recorded on video. It is up to the committee to decide whether the transcript and/or videotape will be made public.

Given the committee’s release this week of more than 700 pages of documents related to the investigation, including full transcripts of the affidavits of former Commanding Officers Brian Lafemina and Dave Pauken, it appears that the panel may also accept Snyder’s statement. would broadcast.

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If he doesn’t stick to the deal, Snyder will be left with few evasive moves.

Like all Americans, Snyder has the constitutional right to assert his Fifth Amendment protections by refusing to answer questions, citing his right not to incriminate himself. But that privilege isn’t available just because someone could object to the possible questions, according to David Rapallo, a Georgetown law professor and former staff director of the House Oversight Committee.

“If he wants to take the Fifth, he has every right to do so, although he has not indicated that he intends to,” Rapallo said on Thursday. “Others have done that.”

Snyder could also try to negotiate details of the impeachment, such as the timing.

Lawmakers generally try to grant reasonable requests, Rapallo said. But in this case, after refusing to volunteer twice, Snyder may have run out of reasons.

The first reason his lawyer cited – that he had a conflict with the June 22 date of the hearing – has been addressed now that Maloney has said his statement will take place next week.

The other reason Snyder’s lawyer cites, namely that he wanted copies of the documents on which the interrogation was allegedly based, also does not seem relevant now that the committee has placed the documents on its website. In addition, Snyder may have run out of goodwill from the panel’s Democratic leaders, who want to question him about his role in both a long history of workplace complaints and, more recently, trying to obstruct the NFL’s investigation through of what the committee called a “shadow”. investigation” to intimidate and silence former employees.

Maloney also made that clear when announcing plans to issue the subpoena, saying it was clear that Snyder was “more concerned with protecting himself than making it clear to the American public”.

Maloney took that step after asking Goodell what the NFL plans to hold onto Snyder for refusing to testify before Congress.

“Madam President, I am not responsible for whether he appears before Congress,” Goodell said. “That’s not my choice. That is his choice.”

Then, when asked about Snyder’s refusal to appear, Representative Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said: “We live in a time when there are people who feel they are above the law. Unfortunately, that sense of impunity and arrogance is a bit of a social contagion these days.”

Raskin noted that the vast majority of people called to appear before the Jan. 6 select committee, on which he also sits, came forward and cooperated, although about a dozen did not.

“Perhaps Dan Snyder took his cues from those who think they are somehow above the representatives of the people in Congress,” Raskin said.

said Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.): “Pointing your nose at Congress is not a good strategy.”

According to Rapallo, it would be “a pretty serious move if Snyder flatly refuses to comply with Maloney’s subpoena.”

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The committee would then have a few options.

Congress may despise him. The committee could also expand its scope and call other people around Snyder for testimony and hearings: his aides, deputies and others who may have information, Rapallo said.

“It’s a tactical question, but if he had had the hearing, he would have testified for a few hours,” Rapallo said. “Now he is facing a statement, which usually takes much longer, is being led by counsel from the commission and will be subpoenaed. And even then, it is certainly possible that the commission can summon him for a hearing after the impeachment. So for witnesses who are faced with these kinds of circumstances, they often conclude that it is in their best interest to cooperate and go to the hearing.”

It is not believed that any NFL rules would specifically require Snyder to comply with a congressional subpoena or punish him for noncompliance. The NFL declined to comment Thursday beyond Goodell’s response to Maloney’s questions about the matter at the hearing.

A spokesman for the commanders’ property did not respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

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Finally, Snyder could simply quit by extending negotiations and challenging every subsequent court order in an effort to put off the clock until November’s midterm elections in the hopes of Republicans taking control of the House.

If that happens, Maloney would be replaced as chairman of the House Oversight Committee, likely by James Comer (R-Ky.), who has consistently derided the commanders’ workplace investigation as a waste of lawmakers’ time and government money. taxpayer.

“If Republicans take back the House in January, Oversight Republicans have no intention of pursuing an investigation into the Washington commanders and will return the committee to its primary mission to end waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government.” government,” said Austin Hacker. a Republicans spokesman for the committee said Thursday.

Paul Kane and Nicki Jhabvala contributed to this report.

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