The decade's most triggering comedy
The White House refused to state during a press conference this week whether President Joe Biden would return the money that was donated to his campaign by disgraced former FTX founder and CEO Sam Bankman-Fried.
The question posed to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre came in response to Bankman-Fried, 30, being arrested in the Bahamas this week after a Manhattan federal grand jury charged him with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit commodities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and conspiracy to defraud the Federal Election Commission and commit campaign finance violations.
The New York Post reported that in October 2020 Bankman-Fried donated $50,000 to the Biden Victory Fund and $2,800 straight to Biden, according to Federal Election Commission records.
“The President received campaign donations — campaign donations from him — and many prominent Democrats did,” a reporter said when called on. “Will the President return that donation? Does he call on all politicians who got campaign donations that may have come from customer money to return those funds?”
“So, look, I am covered here by the Hatch Act,” Jean-Pierre claimed. “I’m limited on what I can say. And anything that’s connected to political contributions from here, I would have to refer you to the DNC.”
When repeatedly pressed about Biden’s opinion on the matter, Jean-Pierre sidestepped the question.
“I — I just — just cannot speak to this from here,” she claimed. “Even his opinion, even his thoughts about the contributions, donations, I cannot speak from it — from — about that from here.”
Asked if Biden intends to return Sam Bankman-Fried's donations, Karine Jean-Pierre says she's covered under the Hatch Act. pic.twitter.com/AnvVowDIoX
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) December 13, 2022