FACT CHECK: Are ‘Prominent Attorneys’ Investigating If Elon Musk Lied On His U.S. Citizenship Application?

Christine Sellers | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Twitter purports “prominent attorneys” are investigating whether Twitter and Tesla CEO Elon Musk allegedly lied on his U.S. citizenship application.

Verdict: False

Iterations of the claim previously circulated on Twitter in October and December 2022 and were later debunked by Newsweek. There is no evidence Musk is currently under investigation, despite the claim resurfacing.

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“BREAKING: Prominent attorneys are investigating whether Elon Musk lied on his application for U.S. citizenship. If it shows that he lied anywhere on the application, its likely he could be stripped of his of U.S. citizenship and deported,” the Twitter post, viewed 37,000 times, purports.

The claim is false. Erica Marsh, the social media user who made the post, previously tweeted the claim in December 2022, a webpage captured via the Wayback Machine Internet Archive shows. The tweet, which has also been shared via the online forum Reddit, appears to have been identically copied and pasted from two other social media users’ posts.

The language of the tweet is similar to that of an October 2022 post shared by lawyer and SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah.

“As a lawyer Im going to do research to see if @elonmusk in any way lied on his application for US citizenship. I’ll be making a FOIA request for his immigration application. If he lied anywhere on application we will move to strip him of US citizenship. Stay tuned,” Obeidallah wrote at the time.

In a subsequent tweet, Obeidallah claimed he made a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for Musk’s immigration application but he would not share the documentation without the Twitter and Tesla CEO’s consent. In a third tweet, Obeidallah said he was “trolling” Musk.

Musk, who was born in South Africa, arrived in the U.S. when he was 17 years old, according to a June 2018 tweet posted on his verified account. The Twitter and Tesla CEO revealed he became a U.S. citizen in 2002, according to Esquire. (RELATED: Did Elon Musk Increase The Price Of Twitter Blue Verification To $15 Per Month?)

Likewise, Newsweek debunked claims Musk was being investigated for purportedly lying on his U.S. citizenship application back in December 2022.

The Twitter and Tesla CEO has not released a statement responding to the claim. Check Your Fact also has not found any credible news reports suggesting Musk is currently being investigated.

This is not the first time a false claim about Musk has circulated. Check Your Fact previously debunked a social media post purporting Musk published a “Rest In Peace (RIP)” tweet for late financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Christine Sellers

Fact Check Reporter