Americans were shocked when it was announced on Tuesday afternoon, that all charges had been dropped in the ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett hate-crime hoax case. During their press conference to discuss the Smollett case, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Department Supt. Eddie Johnson openly admitted they were blind-sided by the announcement by the announcement that came from Chicago Prosecutor Kim Foxx’s office.
As is the case in many blue cities like Chicago, there’s something about the dismissal of this case that doesn’t pass the smell test. The suspicions many have about foul play in the Smollett case appear to be well-founded. Text messages and emails reveal Prosecutor Kim Foxx and Michelle Obama’s former Chief of Staff, Tina Tchen communicating about the Smollett case, and reveal Tchen asking Foxx to intercede on Smollett’s behalf, confirming that the two were working behind the scenes to get Smollett out of the 16 charges.
As reported by 100 Percent Fed Up 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.”
Here is just one example of the text messages between Tina Tchen, Michelle Obama’s chief of staff, and Prosecutor Foxx.
Go HERE to see all of the text messages and emails.
According to Patch – Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx came under fire Tuesday after prosecutors in her office deferred prosecution of Jussie Smollett on felony charges related to allegations the “Empire” actor reported a hate crime he orchestrated against himself.
Now, it’s being reported that Kim Foxx never formally recused herself from the Smollett case
On Tuesday, hours after charges against Smollett were dropped, Chicago Fraternal Order of Police president Kevin Graham rushed to the Dirksen Federal Court building to ask the feds to investigate whether Foxx violated any laws in her role as Cook County’s top prosecutor.
“There’s text messages going back-and-forth between Foxx and Smollett’s private attorney. That’s a real problem. We asked for an investigation before because something didn’t smell right. Now, a judge sealed the court records so you can’t even get a copy of the police investigation,” Graham said.
“I made sure the U.S. Attorney had a copy of our letter asking for an investigation in his hand.”
In February, Foxx, citing a conflict of interest, recused herself from the Smollett case around the time Chicago police had identified the actor as a potential target of its investigation.
State law states that after a state’s attorney recuses herself on a case “the court shall appoint a special prosecutor.”
That didn’t happen in the Smollett case. Instead, Foxx tapped her first assistant, veteran prosecutor Joseph Magats, to take over.
Magats described the police investigation as “outstanding” and told the Tribune the fact the case was “disposed of alternatively” is not evidence that it was flawed in any way. But his predecessor told the paper he had never before seen charges dropped so quickly after an indictment.
Rafer Wiegel of Fox 32 Chicago discussed how Prosecutor Foxx never really recused herself from the case. Watch, as Assistant State’s Attorney Joe Magats says Jussie Smollett is not innocent of the charges against him.
“You could make the argument that if the state’s attorney has a conflict, her whole office has a conflict,” a former prosecutor who asked not to be named said. “I don’t know if that’s the case. But this sure seems odd.”
Determining if Foxx violated state law could be a political trick bag.
Foxx has strong ties to the state’s top prosecutor charged with investigating elected officials accused of violating state law, rookie Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul. Foxx, the political protégé of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, served on Raoul’s transition team after the 2018 election.
Raoul spokeswoman Vanessa James declined to comment Tuesday.
Cook County State’s Attorney spokeswoman Kiera Ellis said in a statement that Foxx “did not formally recuse herself or the [State’s Attorney] Office based on any actual conflict of interest. As a result, she did not have to seek the appointment of a special prosecutor.”
When Fox publicly announced that she had recused herself “it was a colloquial use of the term rather than in its legal sense,” Ellis said.
“Instead, in an abundance of caution, Foxx informally separated herself from the decision-making over the case and left it to her Assistants, as happens in 99.9% of all cases handled by the Office.”