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House Oversight Committee members renew calls for NFL to turn over Washington investigation documents after deadline passes

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Two members of the House Oversight Committee gave the NFL a Thursday deadline by which to provide documents and information about its probe of the Washington Football Team.

On Friday, they said they were still waiting for at least some of the materials they sought.

In a statement released on the day after their stated deadline, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) called on the NFL to "commit to complete transparency," while also indicating that the league did not turn over at least some of the documents they had requested, despite a pledge from Commissioner Roger Goodell that the NFL would cooperate.

"The NFL has committed to producing documents," Rep. Krishnamoorthi said in a statement. "We look forward to seeing them."

NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said that the league had responded to the two House Democrats' request, in part. He said the league "submitted responses to the questions in the Committee’s October 21 letter" on Thursday.

Washington owner Daniel Snyder
Washington owner Daniel Snyder

"As we have discussed with the Committee, we are in the process of identifying responsive documents while working through issues of privilege and anonymity promised to participants in the investigation," McCarthy added.

It's unclear what additional steps, if any, Reps. Maloney and Krishnamoorthi might take next, or whether they intend to summon Goodell or other NFL executives to a hearing on Capitol Hill.

Friday's statement came more than two weeks after Reps. Maloney and Krishnamoorthi sent a letter to Goodell seeking "all documents and communications obtained in connection with the investigation into the WFT, its management, its owners, and any other matter relating to or resulting from the WFT investigation."

Maloney is the chair of the House Oversight Committee. Krishnamoorthi leads the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy.

In their letter, they expressed "serious concerns" about both the allegations of workplace misconduct and sexual harassment within the Washington Football Team under owner Daniel Snyder, and the NFL's handling of the investigation — which, in a departure from precedent, did not result in a written report.

Goodell said the league didn't ask for a written report to protect the anonymity of the 150 current and former employees who spoke with lead investigator Beth Wilkinson and her team — even though some of those same employees have since lobbied Goodell to publicly release a report.

"What the NFL is currently doing is an anomaly. It’s completely contrary to the normal course of business around these types of investigations," said attorney Lisa Banks, who represents 40 employees who spoke with investigators.

"Never did any of us believe that 150 people would come forward, including 40 of my clients, put themselves at great personal risk to speak to the investigators and then have the entire thing essentially buried by the NFL."

The league announced the conclusion of the WFT investigation in a news release this summer, but the release included only a brief summary of the probe's findings —namely that the NFL had deemed to the workplace culture in Washington to be "highly unprofessional," especially for women.

The team was fined $10 million, according to the release, and Snyder agreed to temporarily cede control of its day-to-day operations to his wife and co-owner, Tanya.

Contact Tom Schad at tschad@usatoday.com or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Congress still waiting for NFL documents from Washington investigation