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Cook County States Attorney Kim Foxx responded to news that an special prosecutor issued new charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, who allegeldy faked a hate crime back in January of 2019, by blaming “politics” and the “era of Donald Trump” for her office’s woes.

Special Prosecutor Dan Webb issued the indictment against Smollett late Tuesday, charging the actor with six “low-level felonies” according to the Chicago Sun-Times, after investigators, rehashing the evidence against Smollett, determined that he likely faked being the victim of a racist, homophobic attack early in the morning of January 19, outside of his apartment in Chicago’s tony Streeterville neighborhood.

Webb’s harshest words, though, weren’t for Smollett, but for Foxx’s office, which he feels gave Smollett special treatment despite the wealth of evidence linking Smollett to a series of crimes. The Cook County State’s Attorney allowed Smollett to walk free without standing trial, inking an unofficial “plea deal” with the actor that absolved him of the charges in return for sixteen hours of community service and $10,000, which Smollett had already submitted to the city as part of his bond.

The States Attorney’s office claimed the “deal” did not exonerate Smollett, but the actor treated it as evidence of his innocence.

But instead of taking responsibility for the mishap, Foxx lashed out at the prosecutor, accusing him of “James Comey-like” tactics, and suggesting that the new indictiment was the responsibility of her political rivals.

“The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office charged Jussie Smollett with multiple counts, and today the Special Prosecutor did the same,” Foxx’s spokewsoman claimed in a statement.

“What’s questionable here is the James Comey-like timing of that charging decision, just 35 days before an election, which can only be interpreted as the further politicization of the justice system, something voters in the era of Donald Trump should consider offensive,” Foxx said, referencing Comey’s eleventh hour decision to resuscitate an investigation into Hillary Clinton and her mishandling of classified information.

Foxx has made her opposition to Trump a hallmark of her re-election campaign, airing commercials touting her success in “standing up” to the administration on the issue of immigration. But, Webb pointed out in his report, her troubles go far beyond a difficult campaign to keep her office.

“In his letter, Webb said his investigators said the state’s attorney’s office was unable to show ‘documentary evidence’ that Smollett’s case was handled like similar low-level felony cases involving non-celebrity defendants, despite public statements from the office that the case was typical,” according to the Sun-Times. “Webb found that the case against Smollett was strong, and that the state’s attorney’s office provided no documentation that the evidence against Smollett had somehow eroded between his arrest and when the charges were dropped.”

And it’s possible Webb isn’t done with Foxx. According to the special prosecutor’s report, his team hasn’t finished investigating what, exactly, happened with Smollett’s case, and they have reached “no conclusions” on whether there was further wrongdoing on the part of Foxx’s office.

Last year, in a series of FOIA results obtained by various Chicago news outlets, Foxx herself was shown dicussing the Smollett’s case over text with a former aide to President Barack Obama, who was communicating with and on behalf of members of Smollett’s family, and that communication could come into play when the special prosecutor’s full report is released.

Smollett, meanwhile, will have to appear in court in Chicago on February 24th. He’s also due to make an appearance, soon, in a separate case related to his alleged hoax hate crime: the city of Chicago is suing Smollett to recover around $130,000 the Chicago Police Department paid out in overtime investigating Smollett’s case.

  • Lm says:

    Is it just me or is her mouth is really weird like she sucked on a pacifier til she was 10?

  • Demsarebadmmkay says:

    “and $10,000, which Smollett had already submitted to the city as part of his bond.”…. No! He should have had to at least pay the whole $10.00 as a fine on top of what he paid for his bond… because his “Bond” was not a Fine, it was to assure he would show up in court for his trial… he could have waited for his trial date in the county Jail and NOT paid his bond if he choose to. Foxx gave her “Brotha” as great a deal as she could… If she thought she could have gotten away with letting him off Scott free, I have not one doubt she would have done just that. I hope they nail this idiot racist lying POS to the wall!

  • Demsarebadmmkay says:

    And why would the Obamas go to bat for this guy anyway? getting involved with his case and all…. ? he committed a crime, a pretty serious one at that. Imagine if it had stirred up the residents in Chicago enough for them to take it to the streets and start attacking people who they thought were pro Trump? Imagine if it had sparked riots? it very well could have!

  • Sparky says:

    Foxx & smolett

  • LRE says:

    Apparently ANYONE can get into law school…

  • frederick says:

    THIS WHOLE THING STARTED WITH Smollett trying to get a raise in his already $70,000 per episode salary. With the racially charged atmosphere in the United States and the numerous killings that result from this kind of publicity, Smollett should be charged with a hate crime. It was a scam and it was proven to be for financial gain. The Prosecutor was politically motivated and gleaning attention from her hero, Obama. Both should answer for any deaths that have occurred because of their actions.

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