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The owner of the Washington Commanders will testify via video link to congress on Thursday.

Carolyn Maloney wanted Snyder to testify under a subpoena as part of their investigation into the franchise's workplace culture, but he didn't want to do so under oath. He was allowed to do it voluntarily by the committee.

The deposition will be private but the committee can release the transcript. Committee staff members usually conduct the deposition, but other committee members can participate if they choose.

"Snyder is committed to providing full and complete testimony, and to answer the Committee's questions about his knowledge of and contributions to the Commanders' toxic work environment, as well as his efforts to interfere with the NFL's internal investigation," the statement said.

The committee is prepared to compel his testimony on any unanswered questions if he doesn't honor his commitments.

In a letter written earlier this month, she said that she didn't want him to avoid answering questions by saying that he couldn't because of the non-disclosure agreement. In the letter Seymour said that the concerns were base.

The House is going to break for its August recess on Thursday. The subpoena was never served. The man can't be served because he's still overseas. The yacht is docked in the Mediterranean off the coast of Italy according to the site vessel finder.com.

He told the committee that he didn't want to testify before now because he and his family were in Israel to commemorate the one-year anniversary of his mom's death.

The marshals service doesn't have the authority to serve a Congressional subpoena internationally.

The subpoena could have been served at that time if the man hadn't returned to the US. Congress could have held him in contempt if he didn't show up for his deposition. If he had tried to get the subpoena thrown out, it would have taken a long time. James Comer, the ranking minority member, said they would stop pursuing the investigation if Republicans regained control of the house. It's possible that he could have avoided testifying under a subpoena.

It's important to remember that testifying by a subpoena is not the same as testifying voluntarily.

Dave Rapallo was the Democratic staff director of the House Oversight Committee from 2011 to 2021. You don't if it's voluntary and you aren't under subpoena.

Many of the employees and former employees who were involved in the investigation of the Commanders' workplace culture signed non-disclosure agreements.

Rapallo said, "Snyder could say to the committee, 'I'm not allowed to answer the question because there's a non-disclosure agreement.'" Unless there's a subpoena, he can claim that he cannot answer.

The attorney for more than 40 ex-employees of the organization said in a statement that they want to speak to the committee without a non-disclosure agreement. They were released from the non-disclosure agreement to speak with an attorney. They were let go to speak with Mary Jo White, who is looking into a new allegation of sexual harassment against the football team.

If it is true that Mr. Snyder does not intend to obstruct the ability of witnesses to speak with the Committee, we request that he agree to waive any non-disclosure agreements for that purpose. It would be comforting to my clients and many other witnesses to know that they can speak freely.