Musk accuses SEC of harassing Tesla to chill his criticism of government

A lawyer for Elon Musk blasted the Securities and Exchange Commission and accused the agency of using its power to harass the Tesla founder.

In a letter to U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan, Musk’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, described a “pattern of conduct” by the SEC that “has gone beyond the pale.” He said that the regulator, which is led by Chairman Gary Gensler, has failed to distribute the $40 million to shareholders it collected as part of a settlement over a 2018 tweet from Musk.