Well this is a twist that shouldn’t surprise anyone, and perhaps a clue as to why Sam Bankman-Fried and company have gotten kid-glove treatment by the media.
It turns out that SBF visited the White House 4 times last year, meeting with White House Deputy Chief of Staff Bruce Reid and Counselor to the President Steve Richetti each time.
Richetti and Reid are two of the most powerful political operatives in the White House, with offices near the Oval. Only Ron Klain holds a higher position in the Executive Branch, and these two see the president far more often than Kamala Harris or nearly anybody else. Richetti was the Chairman of Biden’s 2020 campaign, and Reid was his Chief of Staff when Biden was Vice President.
In other words, SBF went straight to the top, and was welcomed with open arms. As was his brother, who visited the White House 2 times last year.
Karine Jean-Pierre, though, assures us that these meeting had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that SBF was pouring tens of millions of dollars into the coffers of Democrat candidates and SuperPACs. Instead, the men were planning how to save America from bugs.
White House spokesperson says meetings with SBF were focussed on pandemic prevention pic.twitter.com/uDcvMQMN1E
— db (@tier10k) January 3, 2023
It’s good to know that the country is in the very best of hands when it comes to pandemic prevention. A crypto fraud and two connected political operatives should be meeting regularly to plot out how best to prevent the emergence of new and dangerous microbes during an election year. And the crypto dude’s brother should pop in every once in a while to chat up these fellows to ensure things stay on track.
They couldn’t do worse than Dr. Anthony Fauci and company, after all.
Why would anybody think that the White House’s top political operatives would be discussion a quid pro quo with crypto-scammer SBF weeks before the midterm elections, when the much more obvious explanation is that all of these altruistic men (SBF, after all, was a great proponent of “effective altruism,” we are constantly told by the MSM) were plotting how to save civilization itself from random viruses over which they have precisely zero control.
Pandemics don’t care whether it is an election year or what legislation is before Congress, so matters such as obvious conflicts of interest should be shoved aside in order to ensure the safety of the country.
I suspect the impetus for the meetings was panic over the impending retirement of Anthony Fauci, who did such a bang-up job preventing the COVID pandemic and managing it. Perhaps Richetti and Reid were interviewing him for the position of NAIAD Director? It would make sense. Knowing how to commit fraud and lie convincingly appear to be important skills for the position.
Karine Jean-Pierre was very open and up front about the relationship between the White House, the president, and SBF. Given the “effective altruist’s” fall from grace, she was asked what the president would do about the zillions in political donations from SBF that helped Biden win the White House:
Of course not. She is too busy preparing for the next pandemic.