Lawyer for Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder declined to accept House committee’s subpoena, sources say

Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder has yet to accept a subpoena from the US House of Representatives to investigate allegations that he encouraged a toxic work culture at his organization, a spokesman for the committee said in a statement Monday.

The committee tried to email the subpoena to Snyder’s attorney on Friday, but Karen Seymour, one of Snyder’s attorneys, declined to accept it, according to two sources familiar with ongoing negotiations between the committee and Snyder’s attorneys are.

Last week, committee chair Carolyn Maloney (D-New York) announced that she would serve the subpoena for Snyder to be removed by congressional investigators after his attorney repeatedly declined the committee’s invitation to speak with the published NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to testify at a hearing last week.

“The committee will not be deterred from seeking Mr. Snyder’s testimony, and we remain committed to providing transparency about the toxic work culture at the Washington Commanders and the NFL’s inadequate response,” the committee spokesman said in the statement on Monday.

A spokesman for Snyder told ESPN on Monday: “Mr Snyder has not declined to appear for testimony. The committee has only offered one date – June 30 – and Mr Snyder’s attorney is out of the country and unavailable on that date. Mr. Snyder’s attorney has provided the committee with alternative dates and looks forward to finding a path for Mr. Snyder’s continued cooperation and addressing any remaining due process concerns.”

In the statement, the committee spokesman said: “While the committee has been and remains willing to make reasonable accommodations when requested by witnesses, we will not tolerate attempts to evade service of a duly authorized subpoena or seek special treatment, the other witnesses who testified in this matter will not be granted.”

According to Dave Rapallo, director of the Federal Legislation Clinic at Georgetown University and the Democratic staff director of the House Oversight Committee from 2011 to 2021, subpoenas from Congress are electronically served on a subject’s attorney and accepted in the “vast majority” of cases. He said the ESPN committee can also arrange for U.S. Marshals to personally serve a subpoena at places such as a person’s home or place of work.

“It’s not totally unprecedented, but it’s rare because it’s usually unnecessary,” Rapallo said of marshals’ need to personally serve a subpoena. “Most attorneys accept the subpoena electronically.”

Rapallo said Snyder could comply with the subpoena and be removed by committee investigators or invoke the Fifth Amendment, which protects against self-incrimination. Other options include his attorneys filing a lawsuit in federal court to challenge the subpoena. Rapallo added the committee could also choose to contempt Snyder if he didn’t accept or comply with the subpoena. Lawyer for Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder declined to accept House committee’s subpoena, sources say

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