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
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.
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.
BREAKING: Texts between Obama aide Tina Tchen and Kim Foxx, who dropped charges against Jussie Smollett, have leaked. An investigation into whether Foxx dropped charges against Smollett at the request of Tina Tchen is underway. Michelle Obama also knew Smollett very well pic.twitter.com/TvV5ZvXNKj— BNL NEWS (@BreakingNLive) March 26, 2019
Here's video of Jussie Smollett dancing on stage with Michelle Obama at one of the college events he did with her...— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) March 26, 2019
Michelle's former Chief of Staff Tina Tchen reached out to Kim Foxx about this case... and that's currently being investigated... but nothing to see here. pic.twitter.com/DqSiuCgEBu
He did multiple college events at both the White House and on the road with Michelle... but nice try. pic.twitter.com/ocmeAEhwsG— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) March 26, 2019
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.
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.
MORE: The federal investigation, originally confirmed by @ABC on Feb. 20, has remained open all along–even after the “Empire” actor was hit with Illinois state charges. Developments today have no impact on the federal probe. The FBI’s Chicago office declined to comment. 2/2— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) March 26, 2019
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.