The president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, Kevin Graham, has said that the Chicago police union is calling for a federal investigation into the Jussie Smollett case, specifically into State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.
This report is based on news reports related to text messages between Foxx and an attorney in which the goal was to divert “the case from Chicago police department to a federal investigation.”
Foxx, who is the State’s Attorney for Cook County, had recused herself in February from the Smollett investigation.
There appears to be some sort of questioned lineage between the case and why the charges were dropped based on the overwhelming evidence against Jussie Smollett.
According to CNN, “Text messages obtained by CNN through an open records request show Smollett family friend Tina Tchen — a former chief of staff for first lady Michelle Obama and a lawyer — reached out to Foxx on February 1. Tchen wrote the family had “concerns about the investigation.”
Foxx emailed Tchen saying in part, “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.”
Later another person, identified by Foxx’s office as a family friend, asked the prosecutor whether they could talk on the phone. She says Tchen gave her Foxx’s number.
Hours later, Foxx texts the unidentified family friend that she “spoke to the (police) superintendent earlier, he made the ask. Trying to figure out the logistics.”
The person responds: “Omg this would be a huge victory.”‘
Foxx recsued herself from the investigation initially because of these text messages, according to Tandra Simonton, Cook County State Attorney’s Office spokeswoman.
Thus far, neither Foxx nor the Department of Justice have responded to any requests for comment.