by Jenn Carter
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now looking into the Jussie Smollett case and the possible reasons it was dismissed.
UPDATE: The FBI purview could extend into how a top aide to Michelle Obama may have “improperly influenced” the outcome of the prosecution.
The news broke on Wednesday that the FBI is looking into the the corrupt manner the charges were dismissed in the Smollett case, although it is not an “official” investigation as of now.
The FBI is known for understating its involvement and limiting the details and scope provided to the media.
This means that the state’s attorney, who was begged by former Obama aide Tina Tchen to intercede on Smollett’s behalf
Jussie Smollett got off scot free in one of the most egregious miscarriages of Justice in the history of Chicago but he is not out of the woods yet.
The “Empire” actor, who continues to portray himself as a victim while millions laugh at him, could still face federal charges, The New York Post reported.
Jussie Smollett could still face federal charges as the FBI and the US Postal Inspection Service are continuing their probe into a threatening letter Smollett might have sent to himself, a report said.
Federal investigators continue to probe whether Smollett — who was cleared of state charges on Tuesday — delivered the racially charged letter to the “Empire” office in Chicago, according to ABC News.
A source told the network that the dismissal of the state’s case has not impacted the federal probe…
The FBI has remained tight-lipped throughout the duration of the Smollett investigation, even when he was still considered a victim.
However, the Chicago Police Department said the FBI assisted them in their investigation and all of the evidence in the case was being processed by the FBI.
The Chicago Police union still wants the Department of Justice to conduct a federal investigation into why a former aide to former first lady Michelle Obama was texting the state’s attorney on behalf of Smollett, The Hill reported.
“We’re doubling down on that. We want to make sure that the Justice Department takes a very hard look with that case and what went on today,” Chicago Fraternal Order of Police president Kevin Graham said in an interview with CNN.
Graham’s statements come after the news network obtained text messages that show Tina Tchen, Obama’s former chief of staff, talking to State’s Attorney Kim Foxx about what police said was an attempt to “diver[t] the case from Chicago police department to a federal investigation.”
“Spoke to Superintendent Johnson. I convinced him to (r)each out to FBI to ask that they take over the investigation. He is reaching out now and will get back to me shortly,” Foxx told Tchen in one message.
The news comes after Chicago police reacted with shock and dismay Tuesday after it was revealed that charges against Smollett at the state level had been completely dropped with an understanding that the actor would complete community service.
“I don’t know what’s unusual for the state’s attorney but we found out about when you all did,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a press conference. “Prosecutors have their discretion of course, we still have to work with the state’s attorneys office. We’ll have conversations after this.”