New particulars have surfaced within the Jussie Smollett case, particularly pertaining to why Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx just lately recused herself. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, in the days following the alleged assault, Foxx tried persuading Police Supt. Eddie Johnson to show over the investigation to the FBI. It's being reported that Tina Tchen, former chief of employees to Michelle Obama and a Chicago legal professional, contacted Foxx through textual content messages and emails.
Tchen reached out to Foxx on behalf of the Smollett household saying, "I wished to present you a name on behalf of Jussie Smollett and household who I do know," Tchen wrote in a textual content. "They have considerations concerning the investigation." Tchen then tried to arrange a telephone assembly with the following few hours of the textual content earlier than she needed to catch a morning flight. Not lengthy after, one in every of Smollett's kinfolk texted Foxx after receiving her data from Tchen. The relative mentioned that they had questions relating to the leaked data to the media reportedly coming from police sources.
“They had little doubt concerning the high quality of the investigation, however believed that the FBI would have a tighter lid on the knowledge,” mentioned Foxx. She additionally added that Johnson appeared as if he was on board with an FBI investigation and mentioned that she'd really helpful the identical for different instances up to now.
Because she engaged in conversations with the relative in the course of the time when the assault was being investigated as a hate crime and never a hoax, Foxx eliminated herself from the case. She formally did so on February 13, the final date she had contact with the relative and only a week earlier than Smollett was formally charged.