Mitch McConnell Persuaded FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried to Donate Millions to Anti-Trump Republicans

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reportedly held secretive meetings with Sam Bankman-Fried and persuaded the disgraced former FTX CEO to donate millions of dollars to anti-Trump Republicans.

McConnell gave the Democrat megadonor a list of Republican candidates who were running against President Donald Trump’s endorsements in the 2o22 elections.

The meeting was revealed by Michael Lewis, the author of The Big Short, during an interview with “60 Minutes” on Sunday.

He appeared on the left-wing show to discuss his upcoming book “Going Infinite.”

The book is about disgraced FTX founder Bankman-Fried.

Lewis told “60 Minutes” that the former finance SBF met with McConnell ahead of the 2022 election to discuss donations.

During the meeting, McConnell persuaded SBF to donate millions to his list of anti-Trump candidates.

Lewis said that Bankman-Fried agreed and donated “tens of millions of dollars” to support McConnell’s anti-Trump GOP senate candidates.

McConnell and SBF reportedly decided to coordinate on plans to stop Trump and his allies, who they labeled as “hostile to democracy.”



60 MINUTES: “To that end, Lewis writes that in 2022, Bankman-Fried met with the most unlikely of allies, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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“According to Lewis, Bankman-Fried wanted to help McConnell fund Republican candidates at odds with Donald Trump.”

JON WERTHEIM, 60 MINUTES: “You’re flying with Sam and he tells you about a meeting he’s gonna have with Mitch McConnell.”

MICHAEL LEWIS: “Well, the interesting thing starts before we even get on the plane.

“I meet him at the airport, and he comes tumbling out of a car. And he’s in his cargo shorts and his T-shirt.

“And he’s got, balled up in his hand– it takes me a while to see what it is, but it’s a blue suit.

“It’s got more wrinkles than any blue suit ever had.

“It’s been just jammed into this little ball. (laughs)

“And a shoe, like, falls out of the pile that he’s got in his arms.

“And I said, like, “What– why you have the suit?”

“And he says– (laughs) he says, ‘Mi– Mitch McConnell really cares what you wear when you– (laughs) when you meet with him.’

“And he’s having dinner in six hours with Mitch McConnell.

“And I– I said, ‘Well, you got the suit. Is there– you got a belt?’

“He goes, ‘No. I don’t have a belt.’

“I said, ‘You got– you have a shirt?’

“He goes, ‘No. No shirt,’ ‘and the suit, you really can’t really wear that suit.’

“And he goes, ‘Yeah. But they told me to bring a suit.’

60 MINUTES: “According to Lewis, Bankman-Fried wanted to help McConnell fund Republican candidates at odds with Donald Trump…”

LEWIS: “What is the subtext of this dinner, is Sam is gonna write tens of millions of dollars of checks to a super PAC that Mitch McConnell is then gonna use to get elected people who are not ‘hostile to democracy.’

WERTHEIM: “Wait. So, Mitch McConnell has a list of Republican candidates who are, sort of, on the playing field for democracy versus what he deemed outside?”

LEWIS: “He and his team had done the work to distinguish between actual deep Trumpers and people who were just seeming to approve of Donald Trump but we actually willing to govern.”

READ MORE: Biden’s DOJ Drops Campaign Finance Charge against Democrat Donor FTX CEO Due to ‘Procedural Failing’

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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