Well, what do we have here? As the hours go by, more and more peculiar and confusing information concerning alleged hate crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx and the people connected to them in some way have been surfacing.
Someone whose name consistently comes up in regard to funding the left is far-left billionaire mega-donor, and the man who “broke the Bank of England,” George Soros.
Soros donated a total of $408,000 to a now-inactive Super PAC called Illinois Safety & Justice in 2016 (Note: $333,000 came before Foxx's 2016 primary win, and $75,000 came after the win). The committee’s purpose, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections, is “to make independent expenditures supporting/opposing candidates for state’s attorney.”
And just who was running for Illinois State’s Attorney in 2016? None other than current Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx — the same woman whose office was in charge of prosecuting and subsequently dropping the 16-count felony case against Smollett.
Nonpartisan, nonprofit organization Illinois Sunshine by Reform for Illinois, a website that tracks “political contributions in the state of Illinois” based on data from the Illinois State Board of Elections, notes that a “related” committee of the Illinois Safety & Justice Super PAC is called “Friends for Foxx,” which is a “candidate committee” that had the sole purpose “to elect Kim Foxx to political office.”
So what exactly was Soros’ interest in Foxx?
Breitbart reported the following on Tuesday:
Soros has spent heavily on backing “progressive” candidates for local prosecutorial offices across the nation, following the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2014, which alleged that black defendants have been treated unfairly by the justice system.
Foxx was either recused, or recused herself, from prosecuting the Smollett case the same day that email and text messages were uncovered showing communications between Foxx and former Assistant to former President Barack Obama, Christina Tchen, who also served as Chief of Staff to former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Tchen, who reportedly has a laundry list of interactions with members of the Smollett family, emailed Foxx on February 1st “on behalf of Jussie Smollett and family who I know.”
“They have concerns about the investigation,” Tchen said in the email.
What those “concerns” were wasn’t clear, but the very same morning Tchen gave an associate of either herself or the Smollett family Foxx’s phone number in order to establish a line of communication with Foxx about the Smollett case.
Before being passed off to Tchen’s associate, Foxx responded to Tchen’s email which stated that Foxx had spoken to Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson about having the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) take over Smollett’s case.
The text messages that followed the communication between Tchen and Foxx, which was then between Foxx and the associate of Tchen or the Smollett family, kept most of the chatter to asking whether the other was available to speak.
It was after almost two weeks of correspondence between Foxx and the associate that Chief Ethics Officer for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office April Perry sent out an email that announced Foxx’s recusal from the Smollett case.
“Please note that State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is recused from the investigation involving victim Jussie Smollett,” the email said. “First Assistant State’s Attorney Joe Magats is serving as the Acting State’s Attorney for this matter.”
A full week before the charges were dropped against Smollett, WGN reported that the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police [FOP] called for an investigation into Foxx "to determine whether Foxx broke the law."
Where things get even more confusing is a claim by Cook County State’s Attorney spokeswoman Kiera Ellis telling Chicago website Patch that Foxx “did not formally recuse herself” from the Smollett case.
“Instead, in an abundance of caution, Fox [sic] informally separated herself from the decision-making over the case and left it to her Assistants, as happens in 99.9% of all cases handled by the Office,” Ellis said.
While Smollett maintained his innocence at the Tuesday press conference, announcing the dropping of all charges against him, his forfeiture of his bond and mere 18 hours of community service with the Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition tell a different story.
As mentioned earlier, this case has taken many confusing turns that only become either slightly more muddled or slightly clearer depending on one’s perspective. One thing is for sure, this case, at least in the court of public opinion, shouldn't be "dropped."