Waters 'disappointed' Bankman-Fried will no longer testify before Congress

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  • The House Financial Services Committee chair says she’s “surprised” and “disappointed” at an indictment that will prevent embattled former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried from testifying before her committee tomorrow. 

House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters, D-Calif., says she’s “disappointed” and “surprised” at the timing of Sam Bankman-Fried’s arrest, due to his scheduled appearance before her committee tomorrow.

“It’s about time the process to bring Mr. Bankman-Fried to justice has begun,” said Waters in a statement released in reaction to Bankman-Fried’s arrest. “However, as the public knows, my staff and I have been working diligently for the past month to secure Mr. Bankman-Fried’s testimony before our Committee tomorrow morning.”

The California Democrat went on to criticize the timing of the arrest, which unusually comes on the eve of Bankman-Fried’s testimony about the collapse before Congress.  

“Although Mr. Bankman-Fried must be held accountable, the American public deserves to hear directly from Mr. Bankman-Fried about the actions that’ve harmed over one million people, and wiped out the hard-earned life savings of so many,” the statement from Waters continued. “The public has been waiting eagerly to get these answers under oath before Congress, and the timing of this arrest denies the public this opportunity.”

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