The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police is demanding a federal investigation into Jussie Smollett’s case after email communications reveal Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff reached out to the Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx shortly before prosecutors dropped all charges against the actor.
Fox 17 reports: Kevin Graham, president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, said the demand is based on news reports about text messages between Foxx and an attorney [former Obama staffer Tina Tchen] about, according to him, “diverting the case from Chicago police department to a federal investigation.”
Foxx quietly recused herself from Smollett’s case last month and released a statement that she “had conversations with a family member of Jussie Smollett about the incident and their concerns and facilitated a connection to the Chicago Police Department, who were investigating the incident.’”
Email and text message records show that Tchen reached out to Foxx on Feb 1 saying the Smollett family had “concerns about the investigation.”
Foxx wrote to Tchen: “Spoke to Superintendent Johnson. I convinced him to (r)each out to FBI to ask that they take over the investigation. He is reaching out now and will get back to me shortly.”
Other messages show Foxx wrote to an unnamed Smollett family member: “spoke to the (police) superintendent earlier, he made the ask. Trying to figure out the logistics.”
The person responded: “Omg this would be a huge victory.”
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