ABC News just broke some very bad news for Jussie Smollet, State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, and whoever helped procure this travesty of justice for Jussie. The FBI is stepping in.
Smollet had all charges dropped in what the Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel called a whitewash of justice.
Outrage swiftly spread across the country but the most enraged were the Chicago cops. Who were incensed that Smollet took a victory at their expense.
So they released all his police files, which Foxx tried to seal, and they are damaging for Jussie Smollet and for Kim Foxx.
So damaging the FBI is stepping in to review the case and deliver justice. From ABC:
The FBI is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of criminal charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, two law enforcement officials confirmed.
All 16 felony disorderly conduct counts against Smollett for allegedly lying to police were dropped Tuesday in exchange for community service and forfeiture of his $10,000 bond payment. A hearing Wednesday to expunge his criminal record has been delayed.
The ABC7 I-Team has obtained the CPD investigative file for the Jussie Smollett case. CPD released those records in response to a Freedom of Information Act request Wednesday morning, not realizing that the records were part of a judge’s order from Tuesday to seal all criminal records related to the case, according to CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
Once the department was made aware that the records were part of the judge’s order to seal, they stopped the release of any other documents.
A spokesperson for the FBI’s Chicago office declined to comment.
On Wednesday, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx defended her office’s decision to drop all charges against Smollett, who was accused of staging a racist and homophobic attack on himself.
“I believe this is a just outcome based on the circumstances,” Foxx said.
Just days after Jussie Smollett told Chicago police he had fought off a pair of attackers who targeted him in an apparent hate crime, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx tried to persuade Police Supt. Eddie Johnson to turn the investigation over to the FBI.
Foxx’s call to Johnson came after an influential supporter of the “Empire” actor reached out to Foxx personally: 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.
Tchen passed Foxx’s number to a relative of the actor, and the ensuing conversations with the family member were cited by Foxx last month as the reason she recused herself from Smollett’s prosecution as the actor faces disorderly conduct charges for allegedly making a false police report.
Text messages show Tchen contacted Foxx on Feb. 1, three days after Smollett said he was jumped by two men as he walked home from a sandwich shop near his Streeterville home. Tchen texted Foxx to set up an early morning phone call.
“I wanted to give you a call on behalf of Jussie Smollett and family who I know. They have concerns about the investigation,” Tchen wrote in a text sent before 5 a.m., seeking to set up a call with Foxx before Tchen left on an 8 a.m. flight to New York.
A few hours later, Foxx received a text from a relative of Smollett, who said she’d received the number from Tchen.
In an interview with the Sun-Times this week, Foxx said that the family member expressed concerns about leaked information about the investigation — information that media outlets attributed to “police sources.”
“They had no doubt about the quality of the investigation, but believed that the FBI would have a tighter lid on the information,” said Foxx, adding that Johnson initially seemed receptive to the idea of turning the case over to the FBI.
Foxx said she has made similar calls to Johnson in cases involving lower-profile victims.