Bitcoin Supporter Gary Gensler, Who Called XRP A ‘Security’ to Be Named SEC Chairman

Bitcoin Supporter Gary Gensler, Who Called XRP A ‘Security’ to Be Named SEC Chairman

Former Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chair Gary Gensler is expected to be named the Chairman of the US securities and exchange Commission by President-elect Joe Biden, reported Reuters.

Gensler has been leading Biden’s transition planning for financial industry oversight since November.

This is good news for the crypto market as Gensler, who was a blockchain professor at MIT, has shared crypto-friendly views.

“Gary Gensler deeply understands crypto & has strongly supported bitcoin for years. His selection as SEC chair signals a policy shift in favor of a bitcoin ETF,” said Jake Chervinsky, General Counsel at Compound Finance.

While bullish for the Bitcoin BTC 7.35% Bitcoin / USD BTCUSD $ 37,348.49
$2,745.117.35%
Volume 69.69 b Change $2,745.11 Open $37,348.49 Circulating 18.6 m Market Cap 694.67 b
2 h German Police Shut Down Dark Market that Facilitated $170 Million in Cryptocurrency Transactions 4 h Bitcoin Supporter Gary Gensler, Who Called XRP A ‘Security’ to Be Named SEC Chairman 4 h Big Uptick in 1k BTC Addresses Shows Institutions Bought the Dip; Goldman Sachs says Still Just 1% of Institutional Money
and board cryptocurrency market, this might not be that good for XRP XRP 2.50% XRP / USD XRPUSD $ 0.31
$0.012.50%
Volume 4.87 b Change $0.01 Open $0.31 Circulating 45.4 b Market Cap 13.9 b
4 h Bitcoin Supporter Gary Gensler, Who Called XRP A ‘Security’ to Be Named SEC Chairman 7 h Acting SEC Enforcer Leading Ripple Lawsuit to Step Down; XRP Fights to Stay on Exchanges 1 d Ripple Hires Former Amazon Executive As SVP Of Engineering to Strengthen Cross Border Payments
as he has publicly called it a security. Last month, the SEC sued Ripple and its two top executives for selling unregistered XRP security.

Gensler “went on record in 2018 saying there’s “a strong case” that XRP is a security, signaling no shift on that issue,” noted Chervinsky.

Gensler is a former Goldman Sachs banker and is prompting concerns among Wall Street firms of tougher regulation. In contrast, Jay Clayton, who left his SEC Chairman post on Dec. 23rd, a former Wall Street lawyer, was criticized by Democrats for his ties to many companies he was overseeing.

While the crypto market is looking to win some, it may lose some as well as it is speculated that the Acting Comptroller Brian Brooks, the former general counsel at crypto exchange Coinbase, might leave the top US banking regulators office this week.

During Brook’s term, OCC took a crypto-friendly approach, with the most notable one being allowing crypto companies to secure national banking charters. This Tuesday, Brooks also wrote about regulators needing to get ready for self-driving banks, aka decentralized finance (DeFi).

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US Congressman Davidson Refers to Bitcoin As ‘Sound Money Required to Defend Freedom’

Bitcoin has found yet another supporter in the government in the form of Rep. Warren Davidson, (R) Ohio’s 8th Congressional District.

The sitting US Congressman took to Twitter on June 22nd to Tweet, “#SoundMoney is required to #DefendFreedom” with an image containing Bitcoin.

“Thank you, congressman, for your advocacy!” commented Meltem Demirors, Chief Strategy Officer of CoinShares, a crypto investment firm.

Davidson’s bitcoin support isn’t new: he is a familiar figure in the crypto world for authoring the Token Taxonomy Act.

Last year, he not only said that Facebook should drop its Libra plans and adopt Bitcoin but also used the term “shitcoin” during the congressional hearing related to facebook’s so-called cryptocurrency.

Earlier this month, Davidson appeared on the “Unchained” podcast with Laura Shin, where he talked about how, due to issues in international payments, he was introduced to DigiCash and then came to know about the “pretty elegant solution” bitcoin.

Although he doesn’t own any BTC himself, he views Bitcoin “kind of like digital gold versus a true currency. I think it’s a great store of value.”

But unlike Davidson, President Trump is not a Bitcoin supporter as we got to know when he explicitly tweeted about a year back that he isn’t a “fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies.”

At that time, he said they are not money; instead, cryptos are based on speculation and are highly volatile, which are used to facilitate unlawful behavior.

Then we came to know last week that Trump was wary of the world’s leading digital currency as early as in May 2018. It was revealed in the book “The Room Where It Happened” by former national security advisor John Bolton that Trump told Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to “go after Bitcoin” in a meeting about China.

Crypto also featured in White House’s budget proposal for the fiscal year 2021. Where moving the secret Service from the Department of Homeland Security to the Treasury Department was proposed, which would “create new efficiencies” in preparing the US to face “the threats of tomorrow,” such as the use of cryptos to finance terrorism.

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