Calendar of former official provides insight into SEC regulatory intent, Satoshi stumble

By Eleanor Terrett , Charlie Gasparino. September 29, 2022. (Fox Business)

The meeting schedule of a former official of the Securities and Exchange Commission provides a detailed roadmap into the agency’s thinking as it began to weigh how best to reign in the burgeoning digital-asset business, but it could also buttress the growing sentiment that Wall Street’s top cop unfairly targeted a leading crypto outfit in its crackdown.

The itinerary of former SEC Director of Corporation Finance William Hinman hasn’t been reported before, and it shows the SEC casting a wide net in seeking advice from key crypto officials, including the person they thought was crypto’s founding father, the elusive Satoshi Nakamoto, FOX Business has learned.

From 2017 through 2020, Hinman was at the center of the agency’s crypto regulation efforts under former SEC chair and Trump appointee Jay Clayton. During those years, the commission began to navigate its regulatory authority over the business, which was growing exponentially and posing problems for government officials worried the anonymous nature of the blockchain would finance illicit activities. 

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