Did Michelle Obama play a role in Jussie Smollett’s dropped charges?

Did Michelle Obama play a role in Jussie Smollett’s dropped charges?


♪ ♪>>Laura: DID MICHELLE OBAMA’S OFFICE HAD A ROLE IN TRYING THE JUSSIE SMOLLETT CASE DOWN? FOLLOW ME HERE. JUST DAYS AFTER HE REPORTED THE ALLEGED HATE CRIME TO POLICE AND THE STATE ATTORNEY KIM FOX TRY TO PERSUADE LEE SUPERINTENDENT EDDIE JOHNSON TO TURN INVESTIGATION OVER TO THE FBI? THE REQUEST CAME AFTER FOX RECEIVED THIS TEXT ACCORDING TO THE SUN-TIMES. A CHICAGO ATTORNEY AND FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF FOR THE FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA. “I WANTED TO GIVE YOU A CALL ON BEHALF OF JUSSIE SMOLLETT AND FAMILY WHO I KNOW. THEY HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION. SHORTLY AFTER THAT A FAMILY MEMBER REACHED OUT TO FOX HAVING BEEN GIVEN HER NUMBER BY OBAMA’S FORMER ASSISTANT. THEY SENT A REPLY THAT SHE SPOKE TO THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THAT SHE WAS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT LOGISTICS. THEN THEY ARE APPLIED, OMG, THIS WOULD BE A HUGE VICTORY REFERRING TO THE FBI TAKING OVER THE CASE. FOX THEN TEXTED, MAKE NO GUARANTEES BUT I AM TRYING. THIS IS SO GREAT. LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT. THE TOP PROSECUTOR AT THE OFFICE WHO DECIDED NOT TO PROSECUTE JUSSIE SMOLLETT WAS ACTIVELY SEEKING TO HELP THE DEFENDANTS? THIS WAS ALL SET IN MOTION BY MICHELLE OBAMA’S FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF. FOR CHICAGO POLICE UNION IS CALLING FOR A FEDERAL INVESTIGATION IN THE HANDLING OF THE CASE COME HERE NOW IS TO HIM THE ATTORNEY FOR THE CHICAGO QUARTER OF POLICE AND THE FORMER ASSISTANT IN COOK COUNTY AND A MAN WHO HAS BEEN ON THE CASE FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. BOX 32 IS ANCHOR AND REPORTER. I WANT TO START WITH YOU. YOU ARE HEARING FROM SOURCES THAT BELIEVE KIM FOX NEVER ACTUALLY REALLY RECUSED HERSELF. WHY DO THEY THINK THAT?>>THIS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN HANDED DOWN WITHOUT KIM FOX’S BLESSING. THERE IS NO WAY THAT THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY WOULD HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT HER INVOLVEMENT. THIS IS HER OFFICE AND THE BIG QUESTION IS WHY WOULD SHE DO THIS? SHE CREATED A DEEP DIVIDE BETWEEN THE CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT AT THE MAYOR WAS ON HIS WAY OUT IN THE STATE’S ATTORNEY OFFICE. WHAT DID SHE GAIN OUT OF THIS AND THAT IS WHY YOUR THEORY IS NOT THAT FAR-FETCHED. EITHER ONE OF TWO THINGS HAPPENED. SHE DIDN’T THINK SHE WAS GOING TO WIN THE CASE AND SHE FEARED THE OPTICS OF LOSING WOULD MAKE HER LOOK LIKE A MARSHA CLARK, YOUR YOUNGER VIEWERS MIGHT HAVE TO GOOGLE THAT. SHE SECURED SOME KIND OF POLITICAL FAVOR THAT SHE WILL COLLECT ON THE ROAD. IT IS NO SECRET SHE HAS HIGHER POLITICAL ASPIRATIONS THAN THIS OFFICE BUT WE WILL NEVER KNOW BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT WHY THEY DID IT. THEY SAID THIS IS NOT ABNORMAL AND DEAD ALL THE TIME. I CAN TELL YOU, THIS IS NOT DONE ALL THE TIME. IF I THOUGHT THEY DID NOT CONTACT THE MAYOR OR THE SUPERINTENDENT. WE WENT THEY WERE BLINDSIDED! I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS. I HAVE DONE MEDIA STUFF OR 23 YEARS AND I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE TODAY. I HAVE TO GO TO YOU, YOU HAVE A MANUAL COMING OUT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT, THEY WERE LOADED. THEY FELT THIS WAS AN UNFAIR THROWING THIS IN THE PUBLIC CONSCIOUSNESS WITHOUT SO MUCH AS A HEADS UP. HOW COULD THIS POSSIBLY HAPPEN IF IT WEREN’T FOR SOME OUTSIDE FORCE COMING IN AND TWEAKING THE SYSTEM OR NUDGING THE SYSTEM?>>ABSOLUTELY. I THINK IT IS AMAZING THAT EVERY SINGLE DAY I REPRESENT CHICAGO POLICE OFFICERS MEN AND WOMEN AND I AM HUMBLED BY THE DEDICATION ENCOURAGE THAT YOU HAVE THEM GO OUT AND DO THE HEAVY LIFTING IN THIS CITY AND TO GO RUN TOWARDS THE BULLETS AND NOT AWAY FROM THEM THAT YOU HAVE THIS HAPPEN UNDER SOME THEORY OF DISTORTED JUSTICE. IT IS ABSOLUTELY CAUSING A LOT OF ANGST AMONG CHICAGO POLICE OFFICERS.>>Laura: THERE MIGHT ACTUALLY BE CONFLICT WITHIN THE PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE ITSELF. SOMEONE SIGNED OFF ON THIS JUSSIE SMOLLETT WORKING AT OPERATION RAINBOW PUSH AND HAS COMMUNITY SERVICE. HE WAS STUFFING ENVELOPES WITH THEM I GUESS. HE DID THAT FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS OR 12 HOURS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT COME 18 HOURS. WHATEVER, THAT IS COMMUNITY SERVICE. WE ARE TOLD IS SERVICE INCLUDED STAFFING MEMBERSHIP ENVELOPES AND WE KNEW IT WASN’T FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD OR A PRO-LIFE GROUP. THIS IS WHAT JOE MAGID SAID, THE ASSISTANT STATE ATTORNEY SAID.>>IS HE INNOCENT?>>NO HE IS NOT.>>ELYSEE TO SAY THAT?>>WE STAND BEHIND THE CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE INVESTIGATION. THEY DIDN’T OUTSTANDING JOB. I DID A GREAT JOB WITH THIS CASE AND BASED ON THAT WE STAND BEHIND THEIR INVESTIGATION AND OUR DECISION TO CHARGE HIM.>>Laura: LOOKS LIKE HE WAS PASSING A KIDNEY STONE FARE. HE DID NOT LOOK HAPPY TO BE DOING THAT INTERVIEW.>>HE LOOKS TO BE AN UNCOMFORTABLE POSITION. AND I WAS NOTIFIED BY MY SOURCE AT CHICAGO PD WHO WAS FURIOUS AND HE SAID I WANTED TO GO DOWN THERE AND ASKED JUSSIE SMOLLETT IF HE INTENDS TO REIMBURSE THE POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR THE NUMBER OF MAN-HOURS THAT WE PUT INTO THIS INVESTIGATION. ORIGINALLY HE SAID THAT THEY DID IN HIS SERVICE AND WE ASKED WHAT THAT WAS AND INITIALLY WHEN THEY CAME OUT THE CONFERENCE THEY SAID THAT HIS COMMUNITY SERVICE IMPACT WHEN HE WAS 16 YEARS OLD. HE RAINBOW PUSH COALITION CAME LATER ON SO MY QUESTION IS, IF YOU’VE SET THAT UP BEFORE HAND BY NOT COME OUT WITH THAT RIGHT AWAY? IT ADDED MORE CONFUSION TO ALL OF THIS AND THAT JUST DOESN’T SEEM LIKE THEY CARE HOW BIZARRE THIS THING LOOKS.>>Laura: BACK TO YOU. INVESTIGATION INTO KIM FOX THAT STATE ATTORNEY. IT HAS TO HAPPEN. WHAT TRIGGERS THAT AND HOW WOULD THAT TAKE PLACE AND HE WOULD HAVE TO GREEN LIGHT THAT?>>FIRST OF ALL THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE COULD GET INVOLVED. THE CHIEF JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COUNTY COULD GET INVOLVED. THE FOP HAS BEEN STRUGGLING WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION SINCE SHE TOOK OFFICE WITH DECRIMINALIZING DRUGS AND WE ARE NOT CHARGING CERTAIN CASES. PEOPLE CAN DRIVE A CAR NOT BE CHARGED WITH DRIVING WITH A LICENSE SUSPENDED. GOD FORBIDS AND YOU THROW YOUR HANDS ON IT GOT. IT IS REALLY INTERESTING AND I THINK AN INVESTIGATION SHOULD LOOKED INTO BY AT LEAST THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES I WOULD SUPPOSE.>>Laura: WHAT IS SKI DOCUMENTS. WHAT ARE THE CHANCES THAT YOU WILL GET THIS REPORT?>>ZERO.>>NOT ONLY DID THEY DROP THE CHARGES, THEY SEALED ALL THE DOCUMENTS. MY FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST WILL NOT BE RESPONDED TO. WE WILL NEVER KNOW ALL OF THE EVIDENCE THAT CHICAGO POLICE SAY THAT THEY HAD ON JUSSIE SMOLLET SMOLLETT. THEY SAID THAT WAS THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG AND THERE WAS SO MUCH MORE THAT WE WILL NEVER SEE. THAT INFURIATED MAYOR AND YOU GET A PLEA DEAL.>>Laura: IT WAS REPORTED THAT HE WROTE THAT RACIST LETTER TO HIMSELF. THAT WAS REPORTED BY MULTIPLE OUTPUTS. WHERE THE NIGERIAN BROTHERS? LET’S FIND THEM.>>I AM WORKING ON IT. [LAUGHS]

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