• Ripple’s (XRP) CLO accuses SEC Chair Gensler of overstepping authority and becoming a political liability.
  • The recent comments reflect how crypto has emerged as a key aspect in the U.S. Presidential election.

In a fiery escalation of the ongoing legal skirmish, Ripple’s (XRP) Chief Legal Officer (CLO), Stuart Alderoty, has sharply criticized SEC Chair Gary Gensler. Alderoty’s remarks underscore the growing tension and high stakes involved in the Ripple vs. SEC case, while also highlighting the broader implications for the cryptocurrency industry. This intensifying battle comes at a time when crypto issues are becoming increasingly significant in the U.S. presidential election discourse.

Ripple CLO Takes Aim at SEC Chair Gensler

Stuart Alderoty recently took to social media to voice his criticisms of SEC Chair Gary Gensler. He accused Gensler of overstepping his authority and becoming a political liability. Alderoty’s post read:

“Gensler overplayed his hand. He thought crypto was an easy target. He relished being the guy that everyone loved to hate. He thought he was above Congressional oversight. That’s all gone. He’s now a struggling political liability.”

This comment not only highlights the internal frustrations within the cryptocurrency community but also reflects the unusual political spotlight on the SEC. It’s unprecedented for a presidential candidate to mention the SEC Chair by name or for a sitting president to threaten to veto SEC-related legislation, illustrating how the legal battle has morphed into a political issue.

Uniswap Battle Sparks Discussions

The implications of the Ripple case extend beyond its immediate parties. Uniswap, in its own legal struggle with the SEC, has cited the Ripple case, particularly concerning the nature of airdrops. Pro-XRP lawyer Bill Morgan noted, “Uniswap felt the need to argue that airdrops are not investment contracts. The SEC must have referred to airdrops in the Wells notice.”

Morgan pointed out the inconsistency in the SEC’s stance, arguing that it’s illogical to deem some tokens given away as non-securities while others sold are securities. This highlights the broader regulatory confusion and the intense scrutiny of the SEC’s approach to digital assets.

SEC’s Filing Against Ripple’s Motion

Adding to the tension, the SEC recently filed against Ripple’s motion to seal and redact certain information. On May 21, the SEC argued that Ripple’s request to conceal financial and securities sales information was unlawful. The regulator emphasized that the details Ripple seeks to redact are essential for the court’s decision-making process, especially regarding penalties and remedies in the case.

The SEC contended that Ripple failed to prove how public disclosure of this information would cause substantial injury, noting that some of the information is already public or outdated. This filing marks another critical point in the intensifying legal battle, with both sides preparing for significant ramifications depending on the case’s outcome.


The Ripple vs. SEC case continues to draw attention, not just for its immediate impact on Ripple and its XRP token, but for its broader implications on the cryptocurrency industry and regulatory landscape in the United States. As the legal proceedings unfold, the case is set to influence how digital assets are regulated and perceived in the political arena, with the potential to shape the future of the crypto market.

By Joadin Maina

Beyond the hype, I untangle the web3 revolution, guiding curious minds through the labyrinth of decentralized possibilities.