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Ripple (XRP) CTO Slams ‘Shocking’ SEC Manipulation of Facts in Debt Box Case

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In Brief

  • Ripple CTO David Schwarz has expressed disgust at the SEC's misrepresentation of facts in a restraining order request leveled at Debt Box.
  • Last week, Ripple's lawyer Stuart Alderoty tweeted some instances of the courts highlighting the SEC's choice of its own opinion over laws.
  • Lawyer John Deaton has entreated the US House Financial Services Committee to subpoena the SEC after its refusal of Congressional scrutiny.
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David Schwarz, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Ripple, has expressed disgust over the “shocking behavior” of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in a case against crypto company Debt Box. A judge has accused the SEC of “misrepresenting facts” to secure a temporary restraining order, a move that could mar Gary Gensler’s legacy.

The SEC vs. Debt Box judge said the court was “concerned the Commission made materially false and misleading representations that violated Rule 11(b) and undermined the integrity of proceedings.” As a result, the SEC needed to motivate why it should not be subject to sanctions by the court.

Ripple CTO Riled at Lies in Debt Box Case

Earlier this year, the SEC alleged that Debt Box’s relocation to Dubai meant it was fleeing US jurisdiction. The claim was later found to be materially wrong. The SEC now has two weeks to respond to the judge’s request to “show cause” why it should not face a penalty for making false claims.

In July, the agency accused Debt Box of allegedly selling “node licenses” it didn’t register as securities. The SEC alleged the company falsely marketed licenses as tools to enable mining but instead used them to create more crypto with software.

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Schwarz, Ripple Labs’ CTO, said the SEC’s obvious attempts to “paralyze several businesses” and misrepresent facts constituted “shocking” behavior. Stuart Alderoty, who is leading Ripple’s defense against SEC allegations that the company sold unregistered securities, said last week the Debt Box controversy was the latest SEC attempt to exalt its opinion above the law

Read more: Everything You Need To Know About Ripple vs. SEC

Congress Should Subpoena SEC: Deaton

An op-ed last week said the slew of controversies around the SEC’s disregard for law could mar Gensler’s legacy. Gensler also previously ignored a request to comply with accountability rules of the US Congress.

SEC Chair Gary Gensler Refuses to Comply with Routine Congressional Oversight. Source: YouTube

John Deaton, a pro-crypto lawyer, encouraged the House Financial Services Committee to issue the SEC with a subpoena. It would be the first time the government would take such action against the agency, but that shouldn’t be a deterrent, Deaton insisted.

“Have faith in the Courts. You will win and the precedent you establish will blow a huge hole in the barrier protecting the gross overreach of the Administrative State.”

Committee Report on SEC Climate Disclosure Agreement
Committee Report on SEC Climate Disclosure Agreement. Source: House Committee on Financial Services Republicans

The US House Committee on Financial Services Republicans recently accused Gensler of conspiring with an artificial intelligence (AI) firm to draft new climate disclosure rules. The AI firm would stand to benefit from these rules, implying questionable conduct on Gensler’s part.

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David Thomas
David Thomas graduated from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Durban, South Africa, with an Honors degree in electronic engineering. He worked as an engineer for eight years, developing software for industrial processes at South African automation specialist Autotronix (Pty) Ltd., mining control systems for AngloGold Ashanti, and consumer products at Inhep Digital Security, a domestic security company wholly owned by Swedish conglomerate Assa Abloy. He has experience writing software in C,...
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