Subpoena, spectacle in Roger Goodell hearing as Dan Snyder comes under fire

Lawmakers saved a seat for Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder at a congressional hearing Wednesday when they placed a “Mr. Snyder” nameplate and an empty chair at the witness table. But by the end of the two-and-a-half-hour affair, they made clear that his attendance next time wouldn’t be an option. 

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, a New York Democrat who is the chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said the panel will issue a subpoena to Mr. Snyder to testify at a deposition next week.

She made the announcement on a day when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told the committee that he holds no authority to remove the embattled billionaire as an owner and can’t discipline Mr. Snyder for not cooperating with the committee. Mr. Goodell, testifying remotely, did say Mr. Snyder could face additional punishment from the league depending on the outcome of ongoing investigations.

The subpoena and Mr. Goodell’s authority were some of the many topics covered in Wednesday’s hearing, which featured a sharp partisan divide and the Democrat-led panel’s assertion that Mr. Snyder conducted a “shadow investigation” during the league’s investigation of the Commanders’ workplace misconduct in an attempt to discredit his accusers. 

Mr. Snyder declined the committee’s invitation to appear this week, objecting to the format and date of the hearing. Mr. Snyder told the committee that he had a prior business-related commitment, while Ms. Maloney said he was at an awards ceremony in France. …

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