SBF met with Biden's senior advisors 2 months before FTX collapse: Report

The FTX founder met with senior White House officials at least four times in 2022.

Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried met with government officials at the White House on at least four separate occasions in 2022, and reportedly a meeting just two months before the fall of his crypto empire.

Most of the meetings were disclosed in visitor logs which are posted by the White House every month, showing that Bankman-Fried had met with Counselor to the President Steve Ricchetti on Apr. 22, 2022 and May. 12, 2022 along with another meeting on May 13 meeting with policy advisor Charlotte Butash

However, according to a Dec. 29 Bloomberg report, the former FTX CEO also met with the President’s counselor Ricchette as recently as Sept. 8, in a meeting that did not show up on the visitor logs.

White House 2022 visitor logs featuring Sam Bankman-Fried. Source: The White House

The revelation has piqued the curiosity of crypto community members, who want to know why there seemed to be such a revolving door of visitations between FTX and the White House.

As per the report, sources suggested politics had not been discussed at the meeting, and that conversations were focused on the crypto industry, exchanges and pandemic prevention.

Related: Prosecutors unlikely to offer Sam Bankman-Fried a favorable plea deal, says lawyer

Despite living in the Bahamas Bankman-Fried is understood to have been a regular visitor to Washington as he pushed to influence crypto policy and make connections in Washington, and was previously accused of attempting to redirect regulators away from centralized exchanges like FTX to decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms such as lending protocol MakerDAO.

Bankman-Fried was a significant donor to the Democrats, and in a Nov. 16 interview with crypto vlogger Tiffany Fong admitted that he had donated about the same to both parties, but that his “Republican donations were dark.”

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