Chicago Asst State's Atty Says He Let Jussie Smollett Off Because He's Not 'A Threat to Public Safety'

Chris Menahan
Mar. 26, 2019

Chicago assistant state's attorney, Joe Magats, said Tuesday that he decided to drop all 16 felony charges against Jussie Smollett because "public safety is our number one priority" and "I don't see Jussie Smollett as a threat to public safety."

The New York Times's Julie Bosman reported:

The Chicago Tribune's Megan Crepeau reported Tuesday that Magats told them "prosecutors and defense reached an agreement at some point awhile back that if Smollett did community service and forfeited his bond, they would drop the charges."

Smollett's team denies any such deal took place:

Smollett reportedly did 16 hours of "community service" for Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH organization as part of the alleged deal to get charges dropped.

Magats is the second in command at the District Attorney's office under Kim Foxx, who had to recuse herself due to a conflict of interest as a result of shady dealings with an unknown member of Smollett's family. Foxx also tried to have the case handed off to the FBI.

The Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday:
Foxx recused herself from the case last month after revealing she had contact with Smollett’s representatives early on in the investigation.

Foxx declined to provide details at the time. Communications later released to the Tribune, however, showed Foxx had asked Superintendent Johnson to turn over the investigation to the FBI after she was approached by a politically connected lawyer about the case.

[...] Foxx reached out to [Superintendent Eddie 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 Emanuel's wife, said she was acting on behalf of the "Empire" actor and his family. A relative later exchanged texts with Foxx.

The exchanges began Feb. 1, three days after Smollett said the attack occurred. It would still be 2 1/2 weeks before he was charged with making the story up, but some media outlets were already starting to question the actor's account, citing unnamed police sources.

"Spoke to the Superintendent Johnson," Foxx emailed Tchen back on Feb. 1. "I convinced him to Reach out to FBI to ask that they take over the investigation."

That same day, Foxx texted with Smollett's relative, whose name was blacked out in copies released by her office.

"Spoke to the superintendent earlier, he made the ask," Foxx wrote. "Trying to figure out logistics. I'll keep you posted."

"Omg this would be a huge victory," the relative replied.

"I make no guarantees, but I'm trying," Foxx wrote back.

Kiera Ellis, a spokeswoman for the state's attorney's office, said at the time that Smollett's relative was specifically concerned about leaks to the media that purportedly came from the Police Department.
Here's screenshots of the texts between former chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama, Tina Tchen and Kim Foxx -- as well as texts between Kim Foxx and a mystery Smollett family member:

Remember, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker exploited this incident to get a bill passed in February to expand federal hate crime legislation to include "lynching."

If I had to guess, I'd say there's more people -- powerful people -- involved in this hate hoax than we're being told.

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