Tom Emmer, a Republican senator from Minnesota, has become the latest politician to criticize the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for its unethical actions against crypto companies.

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On July 19, Emmer posted a video showing him talking to the House Financial Services Committee, where he accused the SEC of politicizing the rules. He went on to question SEC Director of Enforcement Gurbir Grewal about the SEC’s unethical “industry sweeps” against crypto companies.

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The senator went on to ask if these checks against crypto companies fall under the jurisdiction of the SEC and what action the commission takes against companies that do not voluntarily participate in such voluntary interrogation. Grewal admitted to using coercive measures against companies not under their jurisdiction. Emmer said the SEC used its Enforcement branch to unconstitutionally expand its cryptocurrency jurisdiction.

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Emmer also accused SEC chief Harry Gensler of harassing and threatening companies, he said:

“Under Chairman Gensler, the SEC has become a power-hungry regulator that politicizes enforcement by forcing companies to ‘come and talk’ with the Commission and then enforcing them, preventing good faith cooperation.”

Emmer said the SEC’s behavior was completely unacceptable and believes the regulator is acting in bad faith, especially when it comes to the digital asset market.

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Brad Sherman, a congressman who has previously called for a ban on cryptocurrencies in the US, has also accused the SEC of its coercive approach to major crypto exchanges. Sherman accused the SEC law enforcement agency of pursuing XRP as a security rather than crypto exchanges that processed “tens of thousands” of token transactions.

Many in the crypto industry hoped that the appointment of Gary Gensler as head of the SEC would prove beneficial to the regulation of cryptocurrencies, given his background in cryptocurrencies and blockchain. However, on the contrary, Gensler’s approach was rather opaque and unethical.