Liberals hoping the Jussie Smollett fiasco would fade away are not going to get their wish, as Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx and her top deputy have been subpoenaed in connection with their handling of the case, as reported by the Chicago-Sun Times.
Late last week, retired appellate judge Sheila O’Brien filed a petition for a probe into the prosecutors’ handling of the actor’s case. A special prosecutor is needed according to the petition, as it claims Foxx’s handling of the case “was plagued with irregularities.”
Joseph Magats, Foxx’s deputy, as well as Foxx, are subpoenaed and requested to appear at the hearing. Smollett had been facing a 16-count indictment in Cook County before charges were inexplicably dropped in March.
The subpoena asks that Foxx, Magats, and Smollett provide original documents pertaining to the criminal case to ensure “that they have not been altered or destroyed and will not be destroyed throughout this case.” O’Brien posits that Foxx, who informally and ineffectively recused herself from the case due to contact she had with a Smollett relative, should have appointed a special prosecutor.
The purported attack on Smollett that gained national attention was centered on two masked men shouting racial and homophobic slurs, and proclaiming “This is MAGA country.” After a widely followed investigation, police said that the actor fabricated the entire incident to enliven his career, while stoking social tensions in the process.
On Saturday during a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, President Trump blasted Smollett, calling him a “third-rate actor” and that the false hate-crime case is a “disgrace to our nation.” Watch here …
Video by Fox News
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the President, said in a video published by TMZ over the weekend that “Trump supporters should be upset about (Smollett’s staged hate crime).”
Video by TMZ
Conway said about the President’s rally comments that he was reflecting what “embattled prosecutor Kim Foxx said.”
She added that Trump is in agreement with many Chicagoans who are “outraged” over how the Smollett case was bungled.
“Don’t forget the way this all started,” Conway said. “The big lie was that there was something called MAGA country …(Smollett) tried to stage a hate crime using Trump supporters.”
President @realDonaldTrump is a savage saying that this is “MAGA country.”
Jussie Smollett is the worst liar in the world. I’ve been around Trump supporters for years & have never heard a single person say, “This is MAGA country.”
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) April 28, 2019
I called BULL on this story from the start. I live here. Not even in the touristy parts of downtown have I ever so much as seen a MAGA hat.
Plus, anyone who was out in the -20 temps (I was!) knows no one was wandering around @ 2am, pouring bleach/putting a noose on anyone.
— 19_mo_86 (@19_mo_86) April 28, 2019
Never heard the phrase until #Smollet attacked himself. What a joke. This guy answers the door w/ a subway sandwhich in one hand and a rope around his neck. Guess he was hungry
— RougaRou (@RougaRouge) April 28, 2019