SEC Under Fire for Targeting Crypto Mogul Sam Bankman-Fried

House Committee Threatens SEC Over Missing Bankman-Fried Documents

The House Committee on Financial Services has criticized the SEC‘s response to a document request related to the recent charges filed against former FTX Sam Bankman-Fried. The committee wants to know more about the timing and the motives behind the SEC's actions, which they suspect may have been influenced by political or personal factors. 😲

In a letter sent on Tuesday, committee and subcommittee Chairs Patrick McHenry and Bill Huizenga expressed their dissatisfaction with the SEC Chair Gary 's “insufficient” commitment to comply with their request. They argued that by failing to turn over the documents, the SEC has prevented their staff from discussing the request with anyone inside the agency's Office of the General Counsel. 😡

The committee had asked for records related to complaints filed against Bankman-Fried on December 13, 2022. The SEC accused him of “concealing his diversion of FTX customers' funds to firm, Alameda Research, while raising more than $1.8 billion from investors.” The SEC also alleged that Bankman-Fried violated securities laws by offering unregistered securities and engaging in manipulation. 😱

The committee wants to know why the SEC decided to file these charges at that time, and whether there was any coordination or communication with the Department of Justice, which arrested Bankman-Fried on the same day. The committee also wants to know if any SEC staff or commissioners had any conflicts of interest or personal animosity towards Bankman-Fried or his businesses. 😮

The letter gave Gensler until April 17 to produce the documents, or else the committee may take matters into its own hands. The letter warned that “the Committee will consider all options available to it under House Rules and precedent to ensure compliance with its oversight authority.” This could include issuing subpoenas, holding hearings, or initiating contempt proceedings. 😨

This is not the first time that the committee has clashed with Gensler over his approach to crypto . In February, McHenry and Huizenga sent another letter to Gensler asking him to clarify his views on crypto and provide a clear framework for and investor protection. They also urged him to work with Congress and other regulators to create a harmonized for crypto. 😊

What do you think of this situation? Do you think the SEC has a valid case against Bankman-Fried, or is it trying to stifle and competition in the crypto space? Do you think the committee will get the answers they are looking for, or will they have to resort to more drastic measures? Let know in the comments below! 🙌

Sources: Blockworks, Bloomberg, House Committee on Financial Services, Reddit, CryptoNews, CryptoPanic.

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