Opinion| It has been reported by the Daily Wire that Chicago Police are asking for a Federal investigation into Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx’s involvement in the Jussie Smollett case.
It was reported by CWB Chicago that the city’s police union asked for the investigation into the former Obama administration official in the form of a letter, which was sent to John R. Lausch, the U.S. Attorney in Chicago this past Monday.
The Daily Wire reports:
Smollett is accused of staging a “hate crime” outside his Chicago apartment in the early morning hours of January 29, 2019. Smollett claimed to have been assaulted by two white men who beat him, tied a noose around his neck, and splashed him with bleach, before yelling “This is MAGA country” and running off. After an intense investigation involving at least a dozen Chicago Police Department officers, CPD announced that they believed Smollett orchestrated the attack with the help of two friends, brothers he’d met on the set of his hit television show.
Smollett was charged with “disorderly conduct,” but only after Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx recused herself for reasons that went unspecified until last week.
“[Cook County State’s Attorney Kim] Foxx recused herself late in the investigation, but only after she intervened in the case by asking Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson to turn the investigation over to the FBI at the request of a Smollett relative and a former Obama administration official, according to newly-released emails and text messages,” CWB Chicago reports.
Foxx and attorney Tina Tchen, who previously spent time serving as the chief of staff to then-First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as an aide to Obama himself, spoke through emails and text messages, which the Chicago‘s NBC affiliate was able to obtain.
Tchen told Foxx in the emails that Smollett’s family “have concerns about the investigation” regarding whether or not two Trump supporters actually attacked the “Empire” actor just outside his downtown Chicago apartment building back toward the end of January.
Foxx then stated that she “spoke to the superintendent” and was “trying to figure out logistics.” Later on, she thought she had pushed Johnson “to reach out to FBI to ask that they take over the investigation.”
The Smollett relative answered through text message, “OMG this would be a huge victory.”
The Daily Wire reports:
Johnson did not turn the case over. Foxx eventually recused herself, and a deputy state’s attorney issued an official charge of “disorderly conduct” against Smollett days later for allegedly filing a false police report. Last week, a grand jury added an additional 16 felony counts to the state’s attorney’s charge.
The FBI — and the United States Postal Inspector — is still believed to be investigating Smollett in relation to a “terroristic threat” sent through the mail from Chicago’s south suburbs to FOX studios where “Empire” is filmed. The letter contained an inert white powder later revealed to be crushed Tylenol, but the FBI takes all death threats mailed through the USPS seriously.
In his letter to the United States Attorney, the Fraternal Order of Police president wrote that “private attorneys [like Tchen] are not allowed to interfere with ongoing police investigations, particularly at the request of private individuals associated with subjects being investigated by the police.”
He went on to say that he thinks Foxx’s recusal so late in the game was “insufficient to avoid a conflict of interest and to correct Foxx’s inappropriate involvement.”
“In order for Ms. Foxx to properly charge and try this case, her entire office should have recused itself and a special prosecutor been appointed,” the letter states.