Kim Foxx, the prosecutor who dropped multiple felony charges against TV star Jussie Smollett, justified her conversation with Tina Tchen, the former chief of staff to former first lady Michelle Obama aide who emailed Foxx to say Smollett's family was concerned about the police investigation.
Tchen also later texted with a relative of Smollett's and told them she convinced Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson to reach out to the FBI to ask, "that they take over the investigation."
Foxx, according to reports, later texted a family friend of Smollett's that she "spoke to the [police] superintendent earlier, he made the ask. Trying to figure out the logistics."
The person responded, "Omg this would be a huge victory."
"At the time that I spoke to the family member, the superintendent knew that I had spoken to the family member," Foxx said during an appearance on CBS Chicago. "I had shared with him the conversations that we had, and the concerns that they had, and it was the same day that the superintendent went on television and affirmed that Jussie Smollett, at the time, was a victim, and had no reason at that time to suggest otherwise," she added.
Foxx added there was "no attempt, whatsoever, to influence the outcome of this case."
Tchen in a statement said her "sole activity was to put the chief prosecutor in the case in touch with an alleged victim's family who had concerns about how the investigation was being characterized in public."
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