Pro-XRP attorney slams former SEC Chair, XRP price plummets in market wide crash


  • Ripple’s programmatic sales of XRP are making headlines again with pro-XRP attorney John Deaton’s criticism of former SEC Chair’s comments. 
  • Galaxy CEO Michael Novogratz acknowledged in an interview that the XRP Army is real and its role in the lawsuit.
  • XRP price nosedived nearly 6% in the past day, alongside other altcoins in a marketwide correction.

The SEC v. Ripple lawsuit is making headlines again as pro-XRP attorney John Deaton criticizes former SEC Chair Jay Clayton for his comments on the court ruling. Clayton believes that the initial issuance of XRP tokens was a securities transaction in the capital raising phase. This is where Attorney Deaton disagrees with Clayton. 

XRP price declined in the past 24 hours as cryptocurrencies suffered a market wide correction in response to Bitcoin’s price drop.

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Daily Digest Market Movers: SEC v. Ripple lawsuit update, Galaxy CEO comments on XRP Army

The SEC v. Ripple lawsuit raised questions about the programmatic sales of XRP tokens by Ripple’s executives. While XRP holders and legal expert John Deaton believe that the token sale by Ripple executives did not constitute securities transactions, former SEC Chair Clayton argues otherwise. 

Legal expert John Deaton responded to Clayton’s comments and said he would like to be on a panel with the former SEC Chair. Deaton argues that there are no similar cases like SEC v. Ripple. 

Michael Novogratz, CEO of Galaxy Digital told Real Vision’s Raoul Pal that he acknowledges the XRP Army and believes they are real. Attorney Deaton supported Novogratz’s comments and acknowledged the role of the XRP Army in Ripple’s partial victory. 

The XRP Army’s affidavits submitted by XRP holders played an instrumental role in Judge Torres’ decision, a partial victory for the cross-border remittance firm. 

Technical Analysis: XRP price crashes alongside altcoins 

XRP price declined from $0.6990 on December 9 to $0.6010, early on Monday as Bitcoin crashed and altcoins suffered a market wide correction. XRP price recently hit a local top of $0.7500 on November 13, since then the altcoin suffered a 20% drop.

XRP price is likely to attempt a recovery to $0.6820, the 50% Fibonacci level of the decline from the July 13 top of $0.9413 to the August 17 low of $0.4237.

The altcoin is currently trading above its 200-day Exponential Moving Average (EMA) at $0.5583. XRP price is likely to attempt a recovery in response to bullish developments in the SEC v. Ripple lawsuit. 

XRP/USDT 1-day chart

XRP/USDT 1-day chart 

At the time of writing, XRP price is $0.6248 on Binance. The altcoin’s price dropped nearly 6% in the past 24 hours.

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