The shock decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett has critics questioning whether the Empire actor’s high-powered connections were involved as police call for a probe into the Obama links to his case.
Text messages exchanged between Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and ex-Michelle Obama aide Tina Tchen continue to face increasing scrutiny in the wake of Smollett’s record being wiped clean on Tuesday.
The Chicago police union has slammed Foxx’s conduct in the case as ‘highly, highly suspicious’ following her decision to recuse herself in the days before Smollett’s arrest after intervening in the investigation at the request of Tchen.
It emerged last week that Foxx was trading texts with Tchen and one of Smollett’s relatives while police were still investigating the hoax hate crime.
While the relative has not been identified, critics have now been dragging up the seemingly close ties Smollett’s sisters have with Tchen.
Tchen and Smollett’s sister Jurnee Smollett-Bell were pictured together at an event at Austin’s South by Southwest and the United State of Women Summit in Los Angeles early last year.
Both of Smollett’s sisters also worked for the Obama campaign in 2008 and 2012 and Smollett-Bell also reportedly visited Tchen in the White House.
Smollett himself has been pictured with the Obamas at the White House and once danced on stage with Michelle in a viral video from an event last year.
It comes as police renew calls for Foxx to face a federal investigation for trying to wrestle the Smollett case out of the Chicago Police Department’s hands and have it led by the FBI instead.
The union, Fraternal Order of Police, slammed Foxx’s conduct as ‘highly suspicious’ and have accused her of political ‘interference’ on behalf of the Smollett family.
Authorities are concerned about whose interests Foxx was working in when she – at the request of Tchen – tried to steer the investigation in the direction the Smollett family wanted.
According to texts obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times last week, Foxx asked Chicago Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson to let the FBI take the lead on the probe in the days after the attack.
At the time, Smollett was still being considered a victim but Tchen said his family had ‘concerns’ about the number of leaks coming out of Chicago PD.
Foxx agreed to try to ‘convince’ Johnson but was ultimately unsuccessful.
Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday demanded answers as to why Smollett was able to get off ‘scot-free’ despite the State Attorney’s office still believing he was guilty of staging the hoax hate crime.
The Mayor claims Smollett was only given the treatment he received because he is famous and that anyone else would have been more harshly prosecuted.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail