Why Is Gary Gensler Hiding FTX Documents? US House Chair Threatens Subpoena

Why Is Gary Gensler Hiding FTX Documents? US House Chair Threatens Subpoena

House Committee Chairman Patrick McHenry has sent a strong warning to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chair Gary Gensler, signaling his readiness to issue a subpoena if necessary to secure the release of documents pertaining to the FTX collapse and the SEC’s climate disclosure rule.

Gary Gensler Hiding FTX Crash Documents?

In a tweet today, McHenry expressed his frustration, stating, “SEC Chair GaryGensler refuses to schedule a Commission vote to provide Congress with requested documents. Should Gensler continue to stonewall, Republicans will have no choice but to issue the first subpoena to the SEC from my Committee to compel their production.”

The controversy stems from the committee’s demand for documents related to former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) and the timing of his arrest. During a Congressional hearing last week, McHenry claimed that the SEC had “made multiple requests” for these documents but had not received any non-public information beyond what was part of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) production.

Criticism of Gensler’s Leadership

During the hearing, Chairman McHenry also criticized SEC Chair Gary Gensler’s approach to rulemaking, accusing him of jeopardizing the integrity of financial markets and putting investors at risk.

“Chairman Gensler, our patience is wearing thin. Your efforts to choke off the digital asset ecosystem, which has created real harm for consumers and our markets,” said Mc Henry.

Furthermore, McHenry accused Gensler of failing to prioritize capital formation, stating that there was not a single initiative aimed at improving access to capital or enhancing market competitiveness among Gensler’s expansive rulemaking agenda. The lawmaker also raised concerns about Gensler’s approach to digital assets, claiming that it had created confusion and lasting damage.

Notably, Gensler also faced questions from McHenry during the hearing, where he affirmed that Bitcoin was “not a security” as it did not meet the Howey test’s criteria for an investment contract. This stance aligned with Gensler’s previous statements during his time as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2018.

That said, the threat of a subpoena adds another layer of complexity to the ongoing battle between the SEC and Congress with implications for both regulatory transparency and the digital asset industry.

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