Sam Bankman-Fried Had Four Meetings with President Joe Biden Aides Before the FTX Collapse

Sam Bankman-Fried reportedly met with senior White House officials at least four times in 2022, raising questions.

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Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried has been revealed to have had very close ties to Washington. He visited the White House on at least four separate occasions before the collapse of his crypto exchange in November.

SBF Visited Washington Four Times Before FTX’s Collapse

Details from a December 29th Bloomberg report have shown that Bankman-Fried visited the White House at least four times in 2022 – with all the visits coming before the United States mid-term elections.


Bankman-Fried, a top donor to Democrat politicians – chipping in $5.2 million to President Joe Biden’s campaign – met with the President’s Counselor Steve Ricchetti on April 22nd and May 12th and with policy adviser Charlotte Butash on May 13th.

In addition, the former billionaire also reportedly met with the president’s counselor Steve Ricchetti as recently as September 8th, a meeting that did not show up on the visitor logs. He was known to support aspirants with crypto-friendly outlooks.

The Crypto Community Calls for Answers

While sources claim that politics had not been discussed at the meeting, with the talks focused on the crypto industry, exchanges, and pandemic prevention, the revelation has raised suspicion in the community. Senate candidate Paul A. Szypula tweeted:

Since his fall from grace, Bankman-Fried has become a villain, with Democrat groups returning his donations directly or via charity groups.

On the Flipside

  • The highly disputed $450 million Robinhood shares claimed by BlockFi and FTX  might go to a neutral broker or an escrow account until the court determines the rightful owner.

Why You Should Care

The report shows the privilege and access Bankman-Fried enjoyed in Washington as a top donor of the governing party.

Read more on Bankman-Fried’s political donations in:
Elon Musk: “Bankman-Fried Donated Over $1 Billion”- SBF Blasted for $8 Billion Accounting Error

The possible reason for the donations is captured below:
What Significance Do the U.S. Midterm Elections Hold for Cryptocurrency?

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Milko Trajcevski

Milko Trajcevski is a DailyCoin news reporter, mainly focused on Ethereum (ETH), Cardano (ADA), and their founders (Vitalik Buterin and Charles Hoskinson). Milko is an avid follower of crypto and blockchain technology and has written thousands of articles on the subjects. He finds joy in transforming complex issues into written content that anyone can understand. Milko has used and analyzed numerous exchanges, such as Coinbase, FTX, and Binance. He also closely follows all of the latest news around the largest decentralized exchanges (DEXs). Location: Skopje, Macedonia