I don’t think anyone has any confidence in an FBI/DOJ investigation in this time and place. Especially since Kim Foxx, the figure at the center of all this, was pushing to move the Jussie Smollet hoax up the ladder to the FBI. The perception, especially after Ferguson, was that the FBI would cover up local social justice scandals far better than the local cops caught in the crossfire.
Still it’s about the only option.
President Trump announced Thursday that the FBI and Justice Department will review the “outrageous” decision to drop charges in the Jussie Smollett case.
“FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!” Trump tweeted.
With Mayor Rahm Emanuel fuming over the move to make the case go away, Chicago police came out swinging Wednesday and released the full 61-page investigative report in the alleged hate crime hoax. Chicago police reportedly then became subject of a court order that barred them from releasing further files even though they were widely available online.
The release of the documents came one day after Cook County prosecutors dismissed a 16-count indictment against the actor, saying they had cut a deal with the TV star to perform two days of community service and forfeit his $10,000 bond to the city.
The move made it possible for Smollett’s attorneys to get his criminal case immediately sealed and wiped clean.
In another sign of escalating tensions behind the scenes in the wake of the decision, an internal email from the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx — obtained by Fox News — asked assistant state’s attorneys to dig for any examples to bolster Foxx’s claim that the dropped charges weren’t as uncommon or shocking as they seemed.
We all know what happened here. It’s the Chicago way. But there is bipartisan disgust over it.
I would like to think there would be action, but I’m not too confident.
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