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Warren highlights ‘anti-crypto army’ push in campaign, SBF pleads not guilty to Chinese bribery charges

Warren highlights ‘anti-crypto army’ push in campaign, SBF pleads not guilty to Chinese bribery charges
Senator Elizabeth Warren has pledged to build an 'anti-crypto army' as part of her re-election campaign.

Senator Elizabeth Warren highlights ‘anti-crypto army’ push re-election campaign

US Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren has highlighted her ‘anti-crypto army’ push in her re-election campaign.

Warren has devoted much of her activity on the Senate Banking Committee to tightening restrictions on the digital asset space.

She recently introduced Digital Asset Anti-Money Laundering Act, which is geared to “help close crypto money laundering loopholes.”

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US Conservative groups bash senator for drafting crypto rules with Democrats

US Conservative groups are grilling senator Roger Marshall for work on crypto legislation with Democratic crypto-cynics Warren and Chris Van Hollen.

The groups — consisting of Club for Growth, Americans for Tax Reform, and FreedomWorks — drafted a letter to Marshall expressing disappointment in his bipartisan work with two Democrats.

The letter also echoes sentiment expressed by other Republicans that tighter regulations may send crypto companies overseas.

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Sam Bankman-Fried pleads not guilty to Chinese bribery charges

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried pleaded not guilty Thursday to US bribery and campaign finance charges.

The disgraced former CEO faces 13 charges, including fraud, theft and conspiracy related to dealings leading up to FTX’s November crash.

Bankman-Fried’s lawyer will challenge the new charges on grounds they were laid after his extradition from the Bahamas, where FTX was based.

Bankman-Fried potentially faces decades in prison if convicted.

His trial is slated to begin October 2.

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Former Binance.US CEO lawyers up ahead of CFTC lawsuit

Catherine Coley — former CEO of Binance.US — has recruited an ex-CFTC watchdog and federal prosecutor to defend her amidst a growing US investigation into the company.

Coley served as CEO of Binance.US between its launch in 2019 until she abruptly and mysteriously quit in 2021.

She has made no public statements since leaving her post two years ago, but enlisted current defense counsel James McDonald once before in 2022 for a separate litigation involving Binance.US.

The company’s global associate firm, Binance, is currently facing a CFTC lawsuit accusing it of breaking securities and terrorist financing laws.

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3AC co-founder ordered to respond to bankruptcy subpoena

A US bankruptcy court ordered Three Arrows Capital co-founder Kyle Davies to respond to a subpoena within two weeks on Thursday.

Davies and fellow 3AC co-founder Su Zhu — who remain abroad following the collapse of their hedge fund in 2022 — were initially subpoenaed by the court in February via twitter, though neither responded publicly.

The 3AC collapse is alleged to be the result of highly leveraged trades that went sour, which in turn may have caused the failures of Celsius Network, Voyager Digital, and others.

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Proposed Bitcoin ETF dares to register with SEC

Another proposed Bitcoin ETF is taking a stab at SEC approval, though commentators believe its prospects are slim.

The 2X Bitcoin Strategy ETF was proposed Wednesday by issuer Volatility Shares, and as the name suggests, would seek to double the potential upside of a standard Bitcoin ETF.

Though the SEC has invited crypto companies to register to avoid enforcement, the agency has turned down many crypto ETFs so far.

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Aave headed for launch on Polygon’s zkEVM network

DeFi protocol Aave will launch on Polygon’s new zkEVM layer 2 network, provided it passes an upcoming on-chain vote.

The expansion to Polygon’s new layer 2 is not necessarily a surprise, as Aave has existed on Polygon’s testnet for six months of preparation, but a recent positive Aave community poll means full steam ahead for the final governance vote.

Polygon launched its zkEVM beta on March 27, marking one of the first — and largest — so-called “zero knowledge proof” layer 2 scaling solutions to come to the Ethereum network.

Zero knowledge proofs have been touted as a serious competitor to existing “optimistic” scaling technology, such as the kind used by leading layer twos Arbitrum and Optimism.

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