The Smollett Saga Continues: Power, Corruption, and Political Connections Override Justice

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Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, who accepted a donation of $408,000 from billionaire George Soros in 2016, has been thrust into the spotlight following the announcement on Tuesday that all charges have been dropped against Empire actor and genius behind the January 29th, 2019 fake MAGA attack in Chicago (against himself), Jussie Smollett.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx

Smollett was facing 16 felony counts (disorderly conduct) for his role in the fake hate crime, but thanks to Kim Foxx and the Cook County State Attorney’s office, not only have the charges against Smollett been dropped, but as part of Smollett’s “plea deal,” his lawyers seek to have his entire record expunged. The case against Smollett has been sealed, wrapped up with a pretty little “Hollywood Democrat Privilege” bow.

When Smollett paid the $100,000 bond that allowed him to be released from jail, he wanted to stay out of the limelight, dodging paparazzi, surrounded by bodyguards who rushed him to his waiting black SUV that would quickly whisk him away from it all. He certainly didn’t want to be confronted about how he had lied to the entire country,

Now that the charges have been dropped, Smollett had no issue whatsoever with being front and center again. With his attorneys by his side, Smollett held a press conference where he appeared to show absolutely no remorse for faking a hate crime that cost hundreds of thousands of tax dollars to investigate and one that could have easily ended in a race war. A fake hate crime pointing the finger at a very specific group of people, with false claims they shouted homosexual and racist slurs at the Empire actor. It was to further divide the country, while Smollett sat back and enjoyed the attention of being a victim, even if it was 100% manufactured. In 2019, being a (fake) victim is better than being irrelevant. Reminds me of that saying, it’s better to burn out than to slowly fade away.

When Smollett was first accused, his attorneys released the following statement:

“As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with. He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.”

During the press conference on March 26th, 2019, Smollett continued to maintain his innocence. “I’ve been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’ve been accused of.”

Smollett added, “I’m a man who has knowledge of my history and I would not bring my family, our lives, or the movement through a fire like this, I just wouldn’t.”

Chicago PD Superintendent Eddie Johnson joined Dem. Mayor Rahm Emanuel in their own press conference Tuesday where Emanuel used the term “whitewash of justice” about a half dozen times.

“This is without a doubt a whitewash of justice,” Emanuel said. “And it sends a clear message that if you’re in a position of influence and power you’ll get treated one way. Other people will be treated another way,” Emanuel said. “There is no accountability in the system. It is wrong. Full stop.”

“This is a person who has been let off scot-free with no sense of accountability of the moral and ethical wrong of his actions,” Emanuel said.

The attorneys office said in a statement that dropping the charges does not exonerate Smollett, but is part of an “alternative prosecution” the office deemed appropriate based on the crimes and Smollett’s criminal history.

“This is not a new or unusual practice,” the office said. “An alternative prosecution does not mean that there were any problems or infirmities with the case or evidence. … We did not exonerate Mr. Smollett. The charges were dropped in return for Mr. Smollett’s agreement to do community service and forfeit his $10,000 bond to the City of Chicago.”

Smollett, Foxx & Tchen

Michelle Obama’s former Chief of Staff, Tina Tchen ( and close friend of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s wife) also released a statement about reaching out to Foxx on Smollett’s behalf:

“I know members of the Smollett family based on prior work together. Shortly after Mr. Smollett reported he was attacked, as a family friend, I contacted Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, who I also know from prior work together. My sole activity was to put the chief prosecutor in the case in touch with an alleged victim’s family who had concerns about how the investigation was being characterized in public.”

-Tina Tchen
Tina Tchen

A series of emails and text messages between Tchen and Foxx became public last week when Rafer Weigel, reporter for Chicago’s local NBC affiliate, filed an FOIA request form for communications between the two.

Weigel tweeted on Tuesday, “The email sent by Michelle Obama’s former Chief of Staff Tina Tchen which was the precursor to text and phone call exchanges between SA Kim Foxx and an unknown family member.”

Tchen wanted Foxx to help lobby Chicago PD Superintendent Eddie Johnson, but to no avail.

Foxx apparently did reach out to Chicago Superintendent Eddie Johnson, requesting he turn the investigation over to the FBI under the guise it would be more efficient and stop leaks, but the FBI was already investigating a letter laced with an unknown white substance that had been mailed to Smollett 8 days before the alleged “attack.”

“Perhaps we could … kill two birds with one stone, if you will, and let the FBI, who’s already working on this, (take it) over,” she said. “And (Johnson) said he would think about it. … I asked him later what happened. And he said … they weren’t interested in it. And I said that’s fine.”

-Foxx to CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson

Unethical? Absolutely. Illegal? Potentially.

Foxx continued to maintain she had no direct role in the charges being dropped and said her office handles cases like Smollett’s similarly when the defendants have nonviolent backgrounds.

“It’s frustrating to me that the reliability of the work of the people of this office has been challenged,” she said. “What happened with Jussie Smollett and having this type of diversion is something we offer to people who do not have his money or his fame.”

Foxx stated she’d recused herself from the Smollett fake hate crime last month, but on Wednesday, Foxx’s office said Foxx didn’t actually recuse herself, and that “it was a colloquial use of the term rather than in its legal sense.”

“The state’s attorney did not formally recuse herself or the office based on any actual conflict of interest,” Tandra Simonton said in a statement. “As a result, she did not have to seek the appointment of a special prosecutor under (state law).”

Foxx explained that by removing herself from the case, it would have tipped Smollett off that he was being considered a suspect.

“Me saying publicly and me moving our office out of it while the investigation was ongoing would signal that (the) investigation had changed outwardly.”

-Kim Foxx

When Foxx stepped away from the Smollett case, she handed it over to her first assistant, Joseph Magats, who is a 29-year vet of the office. Magats told the Chicago Tribune that at some point within the last month a verbal agreement was made between prosecutors and the defense in which all charges would be dropped “in exchange for Smollett performing community service and giving his bond of $10,000 to the city of Chicago.”

“The fact that (Smollett) feels we have exonerated him, we have not,” Magats told the Tribune. “I can’t make it any clearer.”

So this is sufficient punishment for almost inciting a race war and taking valuable time and resources away from Chicago PD while they investigated a fake hate crime? Really?

Attorney for Smollett, Tina Glandian told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday that they are considering a lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department.

The transcript via Breitbart is as follows:

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: You’ve said clearly you think the police are not telling the truth about Jussie. Are you going to sue?

TINA GLANDIAN: We’re weighing our options now. For Jussie, what’s important is he really just wants his career and his life back. Again, he did not ask for any of this. He was a victim of a crime. This has completely spiraled out of control and become a political event at this point, and his goal and focus right now is just getting his life back on track.

He’s not even started healing from the initial attack because he’s been dealing with everything what’s happened since then. I don’t know, I mean, we’re shocked at the mayor and the police superintendent doubling down yesterday when the prosecutor after a dispassion look at the evidence realized that it does not hold up and chose to voluntarily dismiss all counts and expunge his record. So at this point, we’re going to weigh our options and see how this develops.

In addition to the GMA appearance, Smollett’s attorneys also released a statement on Wednesday that claims, in part, that Chicago PD and other public officials are now on a smear campaign against him.

Many questions are being raised as to how this case was handled. The National District Attorneys Association released the following statement on Wednesday:

NDAA Press Release: https://ndaa.org/wp-content/uploads/NDAA-Press-Release-on-Prosecutorial-Best-Practices-in-High-Profile-Cases.pdf

Former Cook County Judge Daniel Locallo spoke with the Chicago Tribune and said that the prosecutors’ actions in this case must be looked at with a fine-toothed comb, especially due to the fact that so little has been released to the public, and absolutely no notice given to Chicago PD, who worked non-stop on this case.

“Why the secrecy?” he said. “You believe you have enough evidence to go to the grand jury and you actually indict him, and then without any notice to anybody, you decide to drop the charges?

“What about other defendants? Why aren’t they afforded the same courtesy?” he said. “The bottom line is that this guy got the biggest break. He walks out of court, no charges. His bond goes to the city of Chicago, and he walks out as if nothing happened.”

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