charges against Smollett dropped (Conspiracy / Strange)

by BLADE, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 19:15 (543 days ago) @ Pinky

Flashback: Former Michelle Obama Aide Pressured Prosecutor to Give Smollett Case to FBI


Attorneys for Empire actor Jussie Smollett said Tuesday morning that charges alleging he filed a false report with Chicago police regarding a hate crime against himself have been dropped. The development follows reports that Cook County, Illinois’s top prosecutor lobbied the Chicago Police Department to hand off the Smollett case to the FBI amid pressure by an ex-aide to former first lady Michelle Obama.

USA Today, citing text messages and emails from Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx’s office https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Foxx , reported earlier this month that Tina Tchen, who served as Michelle Obama’s chief of staff from 2011 to 2017, told the prosecutor that Smollett’s family harbored “concerns” regarding the police’s handling of the probe. According to the newspaper, Fox told the former Michelle Obama aide that she “convinced” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to request the FBI “take over” the investigation.

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