News reports actor Jussie Smollett will walk free after being arrested for allegedly faking an anti-black, anti-gay hate crime in Chicago in hopes of getting a raise for his job on the TV show “Empire.”
Will national media ask critical questions about whether political favoritism by an Obama appointee resulted in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office reportedly not prosecuting Jussie Smollett?
News reports indicate that Tina Tchen, the former chief of staff to former first lady Michelle Obama, asked Cook County state’s attorney Kim Foxx to persuade Chicago Police Department superintendent Eddie Johnson to turn the investigation of the Smollett case over to the FBI.
Tchen reportedly made the request, which Johnson refused to comply with, at the behest of one of Smollett’s relatives.
“Fraternal Order of Police president Kevin Graham sent a letter to the Department of Justice on Friday calling for an investigation into Tchen’s interference in the Smollett case and Foxx’s complicity in same,” reported Jack Crowe in National Review.
“‘Private attorneys are not allowed to interfere with ongoing police investigations, particularly at the request of private individuals associated with subjects being investigated by the police,’ Graham wrote in a letter sent Friday to John R. Lausch, the U.S. attorney in Chicago, obtained by CWB Chicago.”
Now, reportedly, Smollett could walk away with all charges dropped.
“Doubt was cast on the open-and-shut nature of the case when Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham wrote the Justice Department following reports that Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx asked Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to let the FBI investigate Smollett’s allegations that he was attacked by two masked men after the former chief of staff to former first lady Michelle Obama allegedly informed Foxx that Smollett’s family had concerns about the probe,” Fox News reported. “According to local reports, Johnson was blindsided by Tuesday’s events and is expected to address the situation later in the day.”