Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty in court today to 16 felony charges in a fake hate attack, allegedly orchestrated by him. But before he was charged, and before he was officially named as a target of the probe, Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff called the states’ attorney to exert her influence on Smollett’s behalf.
Three days after Jussie Smollett reported a pair of Maga attackers assaulted him in a hate crime, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx tried to persuade Police Supt. Eddie Johnson to turn the investigation over to the FBI, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
She did so at the behest of Tina Tchen, a Chicago attorney and former chief of staff for former First Lady Michelle Obama, according to emails and text messages provided by Foxx to the Chicago Sun-Times in response to a public records request.
Foxx did recuse herself which was the smart thing to do, but the communications and the use of influence are all too familiar.
The communications took place while Smollett was officially called a victim, but, honestly, the red flags were up the day the attack was reported.
Tchen had passed a Smollett relative’s phone number to Foxx and the relative texted Foxx within hours of Tchen’s call to Foxx[…]
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