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Chicago Police Demands Probe of Michelle Obama Aide Over Jussie Smollett Case

Calls for investigation into role of former first lady's ex-chief-of-staff Tina Tchen

 on 28th March 2019 @ 1.00pm
chicago police is calling for an investigation into michelle obama s role in the jussie smollett case © press
Chicago Police is calling for an investigation into Michelle Obama's role in the Jussie Smollett case

The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police is calling for a full investigation into the role Michelle Obama's former Chief of Staff Tina Tchen played in the Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax case.

The Chicago Police Department is understandably furious over the announcement that all charges will be dropped in the Jussie Smollett case, especially considering the official reason given strains credulity. 

As a result, the Fraternal Order of Police has amplified their call for the feds to investigate Cook County State’s Attorney General Kim Foxx’s handling of the case (bolded emphasis added):

In renewing the call for a federal investigation into what he called Foxx’s political “interference” on behalf of the Smollett family, [FOP second vice president Martin] Preib argued that the state’s attorney’s office’s decision to drop the charges “only gives more foundation to our claims.”

Foxx’s initial request that [Chicago Police Supt. Eddie] Johnson transfer the case to the FBI came after an influential supporter of the “Empire” actor reached out to Foxx personally: Tina Tchen, a Chicago attorney and former chief of staff for former first lady Michelle Obama, according to emails and text messages provided by Foxx to the Sun-Times in response to a public records request.

it s not what you know    smollett s connection to the obamas is now drawing attention © press
It's not what you know... Smollett's connection to the Obamas is now drawing attention

According to Red State, Smollett, as we’ve recently learned, indeed has friends in high places – places much higher than Hollywood:

Not only is there a Michelle Obama connection to this case, but there’s a Mayor Rahm Emanuel connection, too. As the Chicago Tribune reported earlier this month:

Foxx reached out to Johnson after Tina Tchen, former chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama, emailed Foxx saying the actor’s family had unspecified “concerns about the investigation.”

Tchen, a close friend of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s wife, said she was acting on behalf of the “Empire” actor and his family.

A relative later exchanged texts with Foxx.

prosecutors suddenly dropped all 16 felony charges against jussie smollett on tuesday © press
Prosecutors suddenly dropped all 16 felony charges against Jussie Smollett on Tuesday

This is really interesting in the context of Mayor Emanuel’s openly-expressed fury over news of the charges being dropped.

Was that merely cover for his personal connections to some of the players in this case, or was it genuine outrage?

And did Tchen reach out to Foxx because she herself is a friend of the Smollett family, or did she reach out at the request of Michelle Obama?

In any event, Tchen’s not talking. Perhaps that’s because she’s a little busy these days:

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has hired Tina Tchen, a former Obama staffer who recently tried to intervene in the Jussie Smollett hate-crime-hoax case on the actor’s behalf, to conduct a review of workplace-harassment allegations in the wake of co-founder Morris Dees’s firing.


That announcement came one day after the Chicago Sun Times obtained communications between Tchen and Cook County state’s attorney Kim Foxx in which Tchen asked Foxx to persuade Chicago Police Department superintendent Eddie Johnson to turn the investigation of Smollett’s case over to the FBI.

My my my. What a tangled – and privileged – web they weave.

There is one spot of good news in all this: The federal case remains open.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article was mistakenly missing the word "Aide" from the title and was corrected shortly after publishing to reflect this error. The "aide" in question is "Michelle Obama's former Chief of Staff Tina Tchen" and the first sentence has also been rewritten to add more clarity, even though a previous version already stated this. The rest of the article remains the same, however.

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