SEC has reportedly served Tesla with a subpoena after Elon Musk’s take-private tweet

The Securities and Exchange Commisison has served Tesla with a subpoena after CEO Elon Musk tweeted that he was considering taking the company private and that he had the necessary funding lined up, according to reports from The New York Times and other outlets published Wednesday.

Earlier reports said the SEChad intensified scrutiny of the automaker after the controversial tweet. A subpoena would be one of the first steps in a formal inquiry.

Shares of Tesla were down 3 percent in afternoon trading, though they moved only a fraction of 1 percent following the Times article.

Representatives of Tesla and the SEC declined to comment to the Times.

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