WASHINGTON — Monday was the deadline for the Washington Commanders and the NFL to deliver tens of thousands of documents related to the investigation into the team's toxic workplace culture to the House Oversight Committee. As of Tuesday, the committee confirmed it did receive additional documents from the National Football League and they are being reviewed.
A spokesperson from the House Oversight Committee released a statement Tuesday regarding the new documents.
“The Committee has received additional documents from the NFL, which we are currently reviewing. We have been clear that the NFL must stop hiding the results of the Wilkinson investigation and fully comply with the Committee's requests, or the Committee will have no choice but to take further action," the statement said.
"The Chairs are committed to uncovering the truth about what happened within the Washington Commanders organization and how allegations were handled by the NFL in order to inform legislative efforts to make workplaces safe for everyone."
New revelations came to light earlier this month about alleged sexual harassment experienced by Commanders employees, during Congressional testimony.
The House Oversight Committee said it has the means to force the NFL and the Commanders to turn over the written investigation report, which has never been made public.
A new allegation from a former Commanders cheerleader was made earlier this month during a Congressional committee roundtable against team owner Dan Snyder. Snyder denied it. But the NFL has pledged to investigate it.
Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D- DC) called the testimony heard so far "informative" and "helpful."
Norton, who sits on the House Oversight Committee, said it’s concerning that the team and NFL had a legal agreement not to make the results of their investigation public.
"In order to pair up the testimony of the witnesses we received last week with the written report, we will need the full cooperation of all involved and that means the NFL and Dan Snyder, and all of them who are holding back the remaining documents," Norton said.
WUSA9 Sports Director Darren Haynes reported on Feb. 10 that the NFL blamed the Commanders for impeding access to many of the documents.
A lawyer for Snyder told Haynes the team has never prevented the NFL from obtaining quote “non-privileged documents.”
Norton said if the organization doesn’t comply with sending all documents, the Committee will force the issue.
"Our oversight committee is a committee of the congress. And we do have subpoena power," Norton said. "I don’t think we should have to use that. But we will get these documents one way or the other."
According to new reports from Pro Football Focus and 106.7 The Fan, the lawyer behind the investigation recommended that the team be sold from Snyder’s ownership. But the documents have never been made public before.