Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), former CEO of FTX, testified on October 27 regarding political donations originating from the crypto exchange. According to courtroom reports, Bankman-Fried clarified he never held discussions with Nishad Singh, former FTX engineering director, or Ryan Salame, former FTX Digital Markets co-CEO, concerning donations to U.S. politicians.
Significantly, SBF emphasized that the contributions made in his name resulted from “loans from Alameda Research”. This was a strategic move to potentially influence the U.S. government’s stance on cryptocurrency regulations. However, he mentioned, “Some were [supportive of] FTX for cryptocurrency lobbying. Some, not most.”
Sam Bankman-Fried Reveals Relationship Struggles to Cohen
Besides his professional dealings, Bankman-Fried’s personal life also became a topic of discussion. Mark Cohen, the defense attorney, delved into the reasons behind the end of SBF’s relationship with Caroline Ellison. Bankman-Fried’s candid response highlighted a recurring issue in his relationships, stating, “She wanted more than I could give.
It wasn’t the first time with me.” Ellison, on her part, felt that the relationship dwindled due to SBF’s limited time for her. Moreover, on a lighter note, when Cohen broached the topic of SBF’s casual style, the former FTX CEO simply said that his hair resulted from his inherent laziness and that he found wearing T-shirts and shorts most comfortable.
SBF Rejects Claims of Financial Misconduct
Additionally, Bankman-Fried robustly refuted claims suggesting a fraudulent use of FTX users’ funds. Accusations had been levied that he directed efforts at Alameda, enabling the company to misuse customer funds.
Former FTX chief technology officer Gary Wang and a few others testified that SBF permitted Alameda to trade with more funds than it had access to. However, the final verdict rests on the outcome of the cross-examination by the U.S. Department of Justice’s attorneys, which is expected to conclude next week.
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