Did CFTC Know About the FTX Collapse? Warren Issues Probe

Following the disastrous FTX scandal, Senators called on the CFTC to disclose its dealings with since-convicted Sam Bankman-Fried.

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  • Warren and Grassley demand CFTC records on FTX and Bankman-Fried.
  • Regulatory scrutiny intensifies after $8 billion fraud revelation.
  • Calls for stronger regulations emerge after FTX collapse.

The collapse of FTX and the $8 million fraud perpetrated by Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) intensified public and regulatory scrutiny over crypto. It has also revealed SBF’s major campaign donations and significant lobbying efforts, to secure a favorable treatment for the industry. 

US Senators Warren and Grassley are leading a bipartisan push to uncover SBF’s relationships with politicians and regulators. Most recently, the two senators demanded receipts from Chair Rostin Behnam of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) about his contact with SBF during FTX’s downfall. 

Warren Demands Receipts from CFTC’s Talks With SBF

Following the collapse of FTX in November 2022 and the subsequent 25-year prison sentence for defrauding users of $8 billion, the Senators are investigating the regulatory oversight. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have formally requested detailed information from CFTC Chair Rostin Behnam about his interactions with SBF. 


Two senators highlighted that the CFTC Chair previously said that his team met SBF as many as ten times before the FTX collapse. Now, they want to know how such significant financial misconduct went undetected.

Specifically, they demanded a full accounting of all meetings, phone calls, and written correspondence between the CFTC and FTX. This includes dates, detailed minutes of all meetings and phone calls, and copies of written correspondence, including emails and text messages. 

Furthermore, Senators Warren and Grassley demand a summary of all discussions between CFTC employees on FTX and related entities, including meeting notes and all written correspondence. Finally, the Senators asked the Chair when the CFTC became aware of SFT’s fraudulent activities. 

CFTC’s Role Following the FTX Collapse

In November 2022, FTX, once a titan in the cryptocurrency exchange market, declared bankruptcy, revealing a gaping hole in its financial structure, estimated at around $8 billion. This collapse shook the foundations of the crypto world.


Shortly after, it was revealed that FTX misrepresented the security and handling of customer assets, falsely claiming they were securely held and segregated from company assets. In reality, these assets were commingled with those of Alameda Research. The funds were misappropriated for various unauthorized uses, including luxury purchases, political contributions, and risky investments.

In December, one month after the collapse, the CFTC took significant legal action against Sam Bankman-Fried, FTX Trading Ltd., and Alameda Research LLC. The lawsuit aimed to recover as much of the lost funds for the affected FTX customers as possible. The lawsuit’s timing suggests that the CFTC had at least some knowledge of the misconduct in FTX. However, the extent of their knowledge has not yet been revealed. 

On the Flipside

  • Senators Warren and Grassley’s scrutiny raises questions about whether the CFTC could have prevented FTX’s catastrophic failure.
  • Despite the CFTC’s action post-collapse, critics argue that the reactive nature of these measures shows limitations in regulatory foresight.

Why This Matters

The probe into whether the CFTC had prior knowledge of FTX’s financial discrepancies is pivotal for maintaining public trust in regulatory bodies. If the CFTC had earlier indications of FTX’s unsound practices and failed to act, this could severely undermine confidence in the regulator.

Read more about SBF’s trial and sentence: 
Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) Gets 25 Years: Here’s a Full Breakdown

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David Marsanic

David Marsanic is a journalist for DailyCoin who covers the intersection of crypto, traditional finance, and government. He focuses on institutionalized crypto entities like major cryptocurrency exchanges and Solana, breaking down complex topics into easy-to-understand writing. David's prior experience as a business journalist at various crypto and traditional news sites has enabled him to maintain a critical approach to news while adhering to high journalistic integrity standards.