The company's stock was down by roughly 7 percent in early-morning trading.
"You ever had that?"
Musk did not directly address the suit during the Rogan sit-down.
"I mean it's legal, right?"
It's legal under California law, but federal law still considers it a crime. "How does that work?"
Aide George Papadopoulos sentenced to jail time in Mueller probe
He participated in four proffer sessions, they say, and "was willing to answer any questions posed". Papadopoulos was once described as a "coffee boy" to the Trump campaign.
"The interesting thing about an electric plane is that you want to go as high as possible, but you need a certain energy density in the battery pack, because you have to overcome gravitational potential energy", Musk said. At Tesla's current cash burn rate, Canaccord Genuity said in a report August 8, the company has only enough cash to sustain itself for "another six to nine months ".
The 2.5-hour chat touched upon a wide range of topics - including the Boring Company's foray into tunneling and flamethrowers, his long-running concerns about artificial intelligence, his vision to merge brains with software through the Neuralink venture, his plan to use SpaceX's yet-to-be-built BFR rocket for suborbital point-to-point travel, and his idea for an electric-powered airplane that takes off vertically and would be capable of supersonic speeds. Employees at both its Fremont, California, auto factory and Reno, Nevada, battery Gigafactory, have been living through what Musk has called "production hell", working to ramp up production of the company's critical Model 3 sedan.
The latest round of executive departures comes after Elon Musk opted to walk away from his initiative to take the company private last month. The about-face attracted attention from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which reportedly launched an investigation into Tesla for possible stock manipulation.
"Since I joined Tesla on August 6th, the level of public attention placed on the company, as well as the pace within the company, have exceeded my expectations", Morton said at the time in comments revealed in the regulatory filing Friday.
"I think the future in where we are a space-faring civilization out there among the stars, that is very exciting", Musk said. More than a dozen other top officials have left this year as Tesla struggled with production problems and hemorrhaged cash.
Andrew Left, an investor at Citron Research in Beverly Hills with a short position in Tesla stock, this week filed a class-action suit against the company, claiming that Musk's "funding secured" tweet had illegally burned short sellers.