TESLA Inc. on Tuesday said the Justice Department has opened an investigation into the company following Chief Executive Elon Musk’s surprise tweet in August that he had secured funding to possibly take the electric-car maker private.
The company said that last month it received a “voluntary request for documents” from the Justice Department, generally the first step in a federal investigation of this kind. Tesla said it hasn’t received a subpoena, a request for testimony or any other formal request.
Tesla said it is cooperating with the probe. “We respect the DOJ’s desire to get information about this and believe that the matter should be quickly resolved as they review the information they have received,” the company said in a statement.
A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment. Bloomberg News earlier reported the Justice Department had opened a criminal investigation against Tesla.