Which Sam Bankman-Fried associates are next to get a knock on the door? In tonight’s issue, we look at the atmospherics surrounding Democrats, S.B.F., and his inner circle after the Southern District dropped hints of a tantalizing campaign-finance scandal. This is the inside conversation about what is next.
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Democrats who once eagerly solicited money from S.B.F. are now preparing for the worst: door-knocks from prosecutors, document-retention orders, and nine months of anxiety courtesy of the Southern District of New York.
Flanked by security guards clearing a path through paparazzi and news photographers, Sam Bankman-Fried stepped out of a black Suburban and into a Manhattan courthouse on Tuesday afternoon with a backpack over his shoulders and what looked like a wad of gum in his mouth. The 30-year-old former billionaire flew there to plead not guilty at his arraignment on eight criminal counts. The trial itself is not scheduled to begin until October, nearly a year after FTX, his cryptocurrency exchange, collapsed in what prosecutors have called “one of the biggest financial frauds in American history.” But it’s what prosecutors may dig up over the next nine months that has official Washington on tenterhooks.
Bankman-Fried, after all, was until two months ago a bona fide obsession in Democratic politics, one of the biggest donors...