Americans were stunned on Tuesday, over the decision by Illinois State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office to drop all charges against the disgraced Empire actor Jussie Smollet. Smollett was facing 16 felony charges when the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel were blindsided by the shocking announcement.
Watch the clearly frustrated Mayor Emanuel give a blistering rebuke of the decision by the State’s Attorney’s office.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel compares Jussie Smollett's dropped charges to the recent college admissions scandal: "You cannot have, because of a person's position, one set of rules apply to them and another set of rules apply to everybody else" https://t.co/kNQqMavks3 pic.twitter.com/mwx1mChCqH
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 26, 2019
As text and email messages about the Smollett case between Michelle Obama’s chief of staff, Tina Tchen, and State’s Attorney Kim Foxx were revealed, Americans began to demand that the feds look into possible corruption in the case.
Last month, Chicago Tribune reported, that after being approached by a politically connected lawyer, State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx asked Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to turn over the investigation of Jussie Smollett’s reported attack to the FBI, according to communications provided to the Tribune.
Foxx reached out to Johnson after Tina Tchen, former chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama, emailed Foxx saying the actor’s family had unspecified “concerns about the investigation.” Tchen, a close friend of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s wife, said she was acting on behalf of the “Empire” actor and his family. A relative later exchanged texts with Foxx.
Today, on Twitter, President Trump announced that the FBI and DOJ would be reviewing the “outrageous Jussie Smollett case” calling it an “embarrassment to our Nation!”
FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!
"We have nothing to be concerned about," says Jussie Smollett's attorney, Tina Glandian, on the FBI and Department of Justice looking into the dismissal of all charges in the Smollett case. pic.twitter.com/GQz8GrnytH
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 28, 2019
Jussie Smollett’s attorney is standing by Smolletelling Americans that said on NBC’s “Today” show that the two Nigerian brothers who say they were paid by the “Empire” actor to attack him may have been in whiteface.
“He only saw one of the attackers. One of them he didn’t see. He saw one through a ski mask,” Tina Glandian told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. “Again, he could not see their body. Everything was covered, and he had a full ski mask on except the area around the eyes.”
“He did tell police … from what we saw, he thought it was pale skin or white or pale skin, was I think what he said,” she continued. “And that’s why he initially did have a hard time.”
Glandian said while she was “looking up the brothers,” she found a skit of one them in whiteface playing “The Joker” from the “Batman” series of comics and movies.
“He at this point again has been victimized much more by what’s happened afterwards than what happened that night.”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 28, 2019
“Obviously, you can disguise that. You can put makeup on,” Glandian said. “There is, interestingly enough, a video. You know, I think police had minimal investigation, in this case, it took me only five minutes to Google. You know, I was looking up the brothers, and one of the videos that showed up actually was of the brothers in whiteface doing a joker monologue with white makeup on him. So, it’s not implausible.”
Smollett claimed to police that two white men had attacked him in the early morning hours of Jan 22. He also said the men wore “Make America Great Again” hats and attempted to tie a rope around his neck while pouring bleach on him. – The Hill