Crypto Twitter explodes on news of Sam Bankman-Fried’s arrest

Crypto Twitter exploded over the shocking news of Sam Bankman-Fried’s arrest in the Bahamas, many of which weren’t expecting it to happen so soon.

On December 12, the disgraced FTX founder was arrested by the Royal Bahamian Police after receiving notification from the US government that criminal charges had been filed against him.

Within hours, politicians, cryptocurrency executives and influencers were launching their Twitter apps to comment on the arrest of the former FTX CEO.

New York Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has held a fairly neutral opinion on the cryptocurrency industry to date, told her 13.4 million Twitter followers that Bankman-Fried was a step in the right direction. direction toward “justice served,” but noted that the arrest would likely postpone Bankman-Fried’s testimony before the House Financial Services Committee, which was scheduled for Dec. 13.

US Senator and sponsor of the Lummis-Gillibrand Crypto Bill Cynthia Lummis was also pleased to hear the news, saying on Twitter that prosecutors made the right decision to hold Bankman-Fried accountable for the “good old-fashioned fraud ” which he allegedly pledged.

Fellow US Senator and cryptoskeptic Elizabeth Warren agreed with Lummis’ views, stating in a Dec. 13 tweet to his 7 million Twitter followers that the U.S. Justice Department needs to hold more corporate executives accountable for breaking the law.

Others took the opportunity to shed some light on the situation. Into The Cryptoverse CEO and founder Benjamin Cowen used ChatGPT to create poems about Bankman-Fried’s latest situation.

Meanwhile, memes are already making the rounds on Twitter..

Bankman-Fried’s Twitter posts and media appearances after FTX’s stunning fall in November are also buzzed about.

Co-host of Not Investment Advice Trung Phan said his 538,000 Twitter followers on Dec. 13 that Bankman-Fried’s erratic public behavior will make life more difficult for his defense attorney, while others believe Bankman-Fried’s arrest will likely see him point the finger at other colleagues and individuals related to the FTX debacle, including those who received his large political donations.

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In his likely last Twitter Spaces interview with Unusual Whales on Dec. 12, Bankman-Fried stated, “I don’t think I’m going to be arrested” when pressed about the possibility of being arrested.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force made the arrest following formal notification by the United States that it has filed criminal charges against Bankman-Fried, which was officially announced by the Bahamas Attorney General’s Office in a Dec. 12 statement.