The fun is just getting started in the Jussie Smollett case.
Not all that long ago the media was cheering Kim Foxx as brave and courageous, for breaking the glass and marketing herself as a survivor. She was supposed to implement pro-crime “reforms” in Chicago’s “broken justice system”.
Now the breakage is going the other way.
Chicago’s police union is calling for a federal investigation into the Cook County State’s Attorney’s actions in the Jussie Smollett case.
Three days after Smollett claimed he was attacked, Kim Foxx asked Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson to turn the case over to the FBI.
Which would have presumably arrested Manafort. Again.
Tina Tchen, Michelle Obama’s gal, had recruited Foxx.
The request came after Foxx exchanged text messages and emails with relatives and a supporter of Smollett, who said they were worried about leaks in the investigation.
Foxx later recused herself from the case.
The FOP wants federal investigators to determine whether Foxx broke the law.
It’s a start. I don’t expect that it will go anywhere but the effort to shift the case to the FBI smacks of fear that the local cops would do their job (which they did) and break up the hoax, while the Feds would have gone for the cheap media headlines.
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 last 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.
Leaks that suggested Smollett had faked the whole thing. Much like in Ferguson.
The concern was that the Chicago cops were exposing the hoax.
Meanwhile the consequences are reverberating up the slimy ladder of Chi-town politics.
Mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle defended her political protégé on Tuesday amid allegations that State’s Attorney Kim Foxx acted inappropriately when she tried to persuade Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to transfer the investigation of Jussie Smollett’s claim of being the target of a hate crime to the FBI.
“Kim Foxx was my chief of staff for … a little more than two years. She ran for and was elected state’s attorney. I’m very grateful for the good work that she’s done there,” Preckwinkle told an unrelated news conference on the West Side.
“I think that she makes the decisions that she believes are in the best interests of the office.”
Pressed to explain why she believes that, the county board president said: “I think it was the right decision because it was a decision that she made and she’s in the best position to make it.”
Preckwinkle cut off the conversation when asked who else but someone with clout would have had a pipeline to the state’s attorney to even ask that a case be transferred.
“I’ve said what I have to say about this. Thank you,” she said.
Thank you indeed.