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Cook County prosecutors in the Jussie Smollett is the case, faced a counter-reaction by the law enforcement authorities and the mayor’s office; Matt Finn reports from Chicago.
The Jussie Smollett-driven saga, a wedge in Obama-world.
Yet another strange twist, the troubled actor case has holes left formed two key figures in the former President in the White house – which happened to be in the political heavy-weights in Chicago against the other now that the fees Smollett fake hate crimes have been falling.
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On the one hand, Rahm Emanuel, the tough-as-nails outgoing Chicago mayor and former chief of staff to Barack Obama. On the other hand, Tina Tchen, a Chicago lawyer and Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff.
While the latter role is shrouded in mystery, Emanuel was straight-into-the-cameras about what he thinks, to fall with the decision of the Smollett case. A day after he called that stunning move “whitewash of justice,” the mayor fumed during an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America”.
“This is, indeed, a fool of all of us,” said the mayor. “Especially [in] a city that embraced him as an actor, but most important of all, the values of being who you are, who love you, whatever your background, you have a home here. He took it, turned it round and tried to promote yourself to yourself.”
Shown here is Tina Tchen. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for The recording Academy)
Emanuel is now considering suing the actor to recoup some of the money the city wasted on his investigation. The Chicago mayor says he wants to bond win again in the vicinity of $150,000 in funds that were spent on the Smollett case, after all the charges against the “Empire” actor have been dropped, loses after 16 hours of service to the community and an agreement on his $10,000.
Meanwhile, the former first lady’s chief of staff has been quietly standing up for the troubled actor behind the scenes.
According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times, Tchen Cook County State reached a’s Attorney Kim Foxx, just a few days after the Smollett of the alleged attack reported.
“I wanted to give you a call for Jussie Smollett and family, I know. You have concerns about the investigation,” Tchen wrote in a text message to Foxx. The Chicago attorney also gave Foxx-number, a relative of Smollett’s, who was worried about the police, the handling of the investigation, and hoped that the case be handed over to the FBI.
Foxx, who recused later, from Smollett’s case, through their contact with the family – took the concerns to the Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.
“They had no doubt as to the quality of the investigation, but believed that the FBI would have a tighter lid on the information,” Foxx told the Sun-Times, adding that Johnson was initially receptive to the idea.
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Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, said, however, that, while the FBI was investigating the Chicago police involved from the beginning, never as a transfer of the case to Federal investigators.
Smollett reported Jan. 29, that he was attacked around 2 p.m. on his way home from a sandwich shop. Smollett said two masked men shouting racist and anti-gay insults, poured bleach beat medium on him, and strap a rope around his neck. He claimed that she shouted, “This is MAGA-Land” — a reference to President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan. Smollett told police he could see that one of his attackers was white, because he could see the skin around his eyes.
Soon, however, the tide shifted and investigators to accused Smollett makes the whole thing, because he was dissatisfied with his pay on “Empire” and believed that the public ginned from the incident would be the promotion of his career.
Smollett plays the Empire of the gay character Jamal Lyon “.”
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Smollett was initially charged with one count of lying to the authorities on Feb. 20. A few days later, a grand jury indicted him on 16 crime counts of lying to authorities — eight charges for what he said to the officer who responded to the report of Jan. 29 attack in the city of Chicago, and eight charge points for what he later told a detective about the victim of a brutal, racist and homophobic beating by two masked men.
For his part, Smollett has his innocence. After the charges were dropped Tuesday, he posed with fans outside the courthouse and thanked his friends and his family stand beside him. He thanked also the state of Illinois for “trying to what is right.”
Fox News’ Barnini Chakraborty and the Associated Press contributed to this report.