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April 03, 2019 JW 60 Seconds

JW 60 Seconds: Yes, Judicial Watch is Investigating the Jussie Smollett Scandal

On January 29, 2019 at approximately 2:30 AM, TV actor Jussie Smollett called the Chicago Police Department to claim that two while males wearing MAGA-like hats and using a racial and homophobic slur had assaulted him, poured bleach on him, and put a noose around his neck. The Chicago Police launched a massive investigation involving more than two dozen investigators.

On Feb. 13, the police raided the home of two brothers of Nigerian descent. There, they recovered a check that Smollett had paid the brothers for $3,500. Using financial records and surveillance tapes, the police discovered that the brothers had purchased bleach, rope for the noose, and MAGA-like hats the weekend before the “attack” on Smollett.

Under questioning, the brothers admitted to police that Smollett had paid them to stage the hate-crime attack.

On Feb. 19, rather than charging Smollett with a crime, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced that she was “recusing” herself from the investigation and prosecution.

Before recusing herself, Foxx exchanged numerous texts with Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff, Tina Tchen, a close friend of the Smollett family.

Nonetheless, on March 8, a grand jury indicted Smollett on 16 felony counts of “false report of offense” related to the fake assault.

On March 26, all charges against Smollett were suddenly dropped and his court record was sealed. Smollett was then let off with just 16 hours of community service and the forfeiture of a $10,000 bond.

Judicial Watch is determined to get to the truth about what happened–because NO ONE is above the law!

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