Updated on January 25, 2023 5:45 PM
As an industry lobbyist who has been frequent on Capitol Hill for the past year, Bankman-Fried tweeted his regrets on Thursday. He admitted, "I f—-ed up and should have done better."
The company revealed on Friday that he had resigned as CEO of the cryptocurrency exchange he established and that FTX had applied for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The Biden White House and two influential Democratic committee chairs have openly criticized FTX and demanded greater regulation of the more significant industry due to the company's collapse.
The chair of a U.S. House subcommittee has pressured the former and present CEOs of the defunct FTX bitcoin exchange for financial records about the firm.
In a letter dated November 18 and addressed to both former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried and the exchange's present CEO John J. Ray III, who took over following FTX's bankruptcy filings, Raja Krishnamoorthi, chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, stated that "FTX's customers, former employees, and the public deserve answers."
The subcommittee was, according to Krishnamoorthi, looking for "specific information on the considerable liquidity challenges encountered by FTX, the company's unexpected decision to declare bankruptcy, and the potential impact of these actions on clients who used your exchange."
Krishnamoorthi also asked for details about who was in charge of the exchange's finances, what advice Alameda Research CEO Caroline Ellison may have given FTX and a description of any "backdoor" that might have been utilized to transfer money out of sight of auditors or other FTX departments.
He demanded :
The request to Bankman-Fried on August 30 for information outlining the measures FTX is taking to prevent fraud and scams included a reminder to the former and current FTX executives to submit supporting evidence.
To assist it in determining "what went wrong at FTX" and what measures Congress could take to guarantee the crypto business "is suitably regulated and investors are safeguarded," the subcommittee gave FTX until December 1 to obtain the necessary evidence.
The deadline set by the subcommittee is in line with a hearing that members of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee have scheduled for December to discuss the demise of FTX and its "broader repercussions for the digital asset ecosystem."
Krishnamoorthi's request is identical to those made in a letter to Bankman-Fried and Ray on November 16 by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Richard Durbin. They asked for a similar quantity of papers relating to the demise of FTX.