Former CEO of FTX, Sam Bankman-Fried, has signaled that he’s unwilling to testify before the United States Congress until he’s “finished learning and reviewing what happened.”
Bankman-Fried was responding to a Dec. 2 tweet from U.S. Representative Maxine Waters inviting him to testify in a scheduled U.S. House Committee on Financial Services hearing on Dec. 13 to discuss “what happened” at FTX.
In a Dec. 4 response on Twitter, the former FTX CEO said he feels it is his “duty to appear before the committee and explain,” but only once he’s “finished learning and reviewing what happened,” adding he wasn’t “sure” whether it would happen by Dec. 13.
Some in the community pointed out the response appears out of line with his recent actions, including taking part in several media interviews and posting endless tweets about what led to the fall of FTX in November.
Blockchain Association head of policy and U.S. Attorney Jake Chervinsky suggested to his 120,500 Twitter followers that Bankman-Fried was reluctant to take part in the Dec. 13 hearing because “lying to Congress under oath is less appealing.”
On Nov. 30, Bankman-Fried made his first live public appearance since the collapse of FTX during the New York Times’ DealBook Summit, where he was questioned over the circumstances behind the crypto exchange’s demise. A day later, he appeared in a Good Morning America interview and also in a Twitter space hosted by IBC Group founder and CEO Mario Nawfal.
Most recently, Bankman-Fried was questioned by Coffeezilla in a Twitter Spaces interview on Dec. 3, which saw him leaving the interview around 20 minutes in.
Meanwhile, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong has called out Bankman-Fried’s purported narrative in recent days, stating on Dec. 3 that “even the most gullible person” should not believe Bankman-Fried’s claim that FTX’s transfer of billions of dollars of customer funds to its trading firm Alameda Research came from the result of an unintentional “accounting error.”
As for SBF’s recent media antics, Tesla and Twitter CEO Elon Musk “agreed” with a member of the crypto community SBF doesn’t deserve any more media attention until his court date, with Musk adding he needs an “adult timeout.”