The Fraternal Order of Chicago police are furious. The group has demanded that a federal investigation be opened into the State’s Attorney, for her attempt to orchestrate the Jussie Smollett hate-crime hoax.
On Tuesday, candidate for Mayor Toni Preckwinkle defended Kim Foxx for her efforts to transfer the crime to federal investigators.
However, her reasoning leaves much to be desired.
Speaking in true political double-talk, Preckwinkle basically said Kim Foxx’s decision and emails were okay because Kim Foxx determined they were okay.
“Kim Foxx was my chief of staff for … a little more than two years. She ran for and was elected state’s attorney. I’m very grateful for the good work that she’s done there,” Preckwinkle said during a press conference.
“I think that she makes the decisions that she believes are in the best interests of the office.”
When asked again if Foxx should have asked the Chicago Police Department to turn the case over to the FBI, Preckwinkle doubled down.
“I have great confidence in state’s attorney Foxx. I believe that she made the right decision in this instance,” Preckwinkle said.
So basically, she made the decision because of her office, and that alone makes all her decisions correct?
Preckwinkle cut off the conversation after that, “I’ve said what I have to say about this. Thank you,” she said.
The Chicago Sun Times reported:
The Fraternal Order of Police has demanded a federal investigation of Foxx’s behavior in the Smollett case.
Foxx’s call to Johnson came after an influential supporter of the “Empire” actor reached out to Foxx personally.
The Sun-Times reported last week that Tchen passed Foxx’s number to a relative of the actor.
The ensuing conversations with the family member were cited by Foxx last month as the reason she recused herself from Smollett’s prosecution as the actor faces disorderly conduct charges for allegedly making a false police report.
Text messages show Tchen contacted Foxx on Feb. 1, three days after Smollett said he was jumped by two men as he walked home from a sandwich shop near his Streeterville home. Tchen texted Foxx to set up an early morning phone call.
“I wanted to give you a call on behalf of Jussie Smollett and family who I know. They have concerns about the investigation,” Tchen wrote in a text sent before 5 a.m., seeking to set up a call with Foxx before Tchen left on an 8 a.m. flight to New York.
A few hours later, Foxx received a text from a relative of Smollett, who said she’d received the number from Tchen.
In an interview with the Sun-Times last week, Foxx said that the family member expressed concerns about leaked information about the investigation — information that media outlets attributed to “police sources.”
“They had no doubt about the quality of the investigation, but believed that the FBI would have a tighter lid on the information,” said Foxx, adding that Johnson initially seemed receptive to the idea of turning the case over to the FBI.
Foxx said she has made similar calls to Johnson in cases involving lower-profile victims.
An email included with the records requested by the Sun-Times shows Foxx’s chief ethics officer sent a message to top staff announcing Foxx had recused herself from the case on Feb. 13 — about a week before Smollett was charged, and the same date as her last text message and calls with Smollett’s relative.
The text messages show Foxx told both Tchen and Smollett’s relative that Foxx had reached out to Johnson personally about handing the investigation off to the FBI.
“Spoke to the superintendent earlier. He is going to make the ask. Trying to figure out logistics. I’ll keep you posted,” Foxx wrote the relative that evening.
“OMG this would be a huge victory,” the relative texted in reply.
Why would it be a “huge victory” many people ask.
Was it because Michelle Obama could help the entire process go away?
In an email message to Tchen sent the same day, Foxx wrote: “Spoke to the Superintendent Johnson. I convinced him to reach out to FBI to ask that they take over the investigation. He is reaching out now and will get to me shortly.”
The FOP included an excerpt on the blog:
“Such conduct merits a review by your office. Private attorneys are not allowed to interfere with ongoing police investigations, particularly at the request of private individuals associated with subjects being investigated by the police, in this case, a subject later determined to be the offender, not the victim.”
In fact, Smollett was the violent racist, and his family was obviously hoping to get their high-ranking democrat buddies to help prevent justice from being carried out over Smollett’s actions.