Crypto’s Sam Bankman-Fried Considered Paying Trump $5 Billion Not To Run For President

  • Sam Bankman-Fried, founder of bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX and now facing a criminal trial on the matter, considered paying former President Donald Trump not to run for president, author Michael Lewis told CBS’s “60 Minutes.”
  • Lewis suggested in the interview aired Sunday that Bankman-Fried asked the Trump world how much it would take for the former president not to seek reelection.
  • “Sam was not sure that number came directly from Trump,” the best-selling author also said. “He did get an answer. He was floated — there was a number that was kicking around.”
  • Lewis said the Bankman-Fried wanted to put a stop to a 2024 Trump White House bid over fears the former president was a threat to democracy.
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