Maxine Waters firm on having Sam Bankman-Fried attend hearing

Maxine Waters: On Friday, Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters invited Sam Bankman-Fried to a hearing in the House of Representatives via Twitter.

However, the founder of FTX said he wouldn’t be ready by then.

Today, Waters took to Twitter to enforce SBF to attend the December 13 House committee hearing about the FTX collapse.

The invite

Maxine Waters reached out to Sam Bankman-Fried again on Twitter.

This time, she was more adamant about his presence at the hearing.

“It is imperative that you attend our hearing on the 13th, and we are willing to schedule continued hearings if there is more information to be shared later,” Waters tweeted.

The California District 43 representative initially contacted SBF last week.

Early on, Maxine Waters thanked the founder of FTX, as the invitation to testify was not a request or a subpoena.

SBF wrote back to her on Sunday, writing:

“Once I have finished learning and reviewing what happened, I would feel like it was my duty to appear before the committee and explain.”

“I’m not sure that will happen by the 13th. But when it does, I will testify.”

Read also: Sam Bankman-Fried ‘not ready’ for hearing

Reiterated invitation

After he turned her down, Maxine Waters’ patience with Bankman-Fried seemed to have run out.

In a second invitation, Waters did not hold back and stressed the importance of SBF’s presence in Washington.

“Based on your role as CEO and your media interviews over the past few weeks, it’s clear to us that the information you have thus far is sufficient for testimony.”

“As you know, the collapse of FTX has harmed over one million people,” she continued.

“Your testimony would not only be meaningful to Members of Congress, but is also critical to the American people.”

Read also: Sam Bankman-Fried says he donated to the Republican party

Crypto Twitter

The Crypto Space on Twitter took notice of the exchange between Maxine Waters and Sam Bankman-Friede.

One user commented, saying their back-and-forth looks more appropriate.

Meanwhile, another rallied behind the representative, saying:

“Ms Waters, with all due respect – let’s stop flirting with the inevitable outcome and cut the crap.”

“Begin the process of extradition to bring him back to US soil where he can be tried and properly judged for his gross and fraudulent misconduct.”

“Send a subpoena.”

Whether SBF will appear on December 13 remains to be seen, but he already has a long line of officials and regulators waiting to speak with him.


US Rep. Maxine Waters insists SBF attend FTX hearing on Capitol Hill