The special prosecutor selected to look into why the state’s attorney’s workplace in Chicago abruptly dropped the case versus “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett allegedly staging an attack on himself acknowledged Monday that he contributed to the leading district attorney’s project and that his law practice co-hosted a 2016 fundraising event for her.
In a document filed in Cook County Circuit Court, Dan K. Webb says he doesn’t remember composing a $1,000 check to State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s campaign. The Chicago Tribune reports he likewise says he doesn’t remember participating in the fundraiser thrown by his high-powered company, Winston & Strawn.
Included with Webb’s filing was a copy of the flyer promoting the fundraiser. The invite keeps in mind attorneys in the company including Webb, a Republican, supported Foxx, a Democrat, in her project for state’s lawyer.
” I need to explain that it is typical for Winston partners to host fundraising events for political candidates at our firm,” Webb composed to Judge Michael Toomin, who designated the previous U.S. attorney as unique district attorney in August. “It is also typical that my Winston partners request that I contribute to these fundraising events.”
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Webb was among 3 attorneys noted as a “host” of the fundraiser.
Webb stated the matter was brought to his attention last week by Michael Bromwich, a lawyer for Foxx. He stated Bromwhich “made it clear” Foxx won’t claim any conflict of interest or make “any other objection associated to this contribution.”
A hearing is arranged for Friday, during which Webb is anticipated to discuss the political contribution with Toomin.
The Chicago Cops Department maintains that there is overwhelming evidence Smollett staged the attack and paid his two “assaulters” to carry it out.
The Cook County state’s lawyer’s workplace charged Smollett in February with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for apparently orchestrating the incident. However, it dropped all of the charges a month later on with little explanation, outraging city officials and the police.
Then-Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stood shoulder-to-shoulder with his city’s police after the announcement and denounced prosecutors for dropping charges and slammed the episode as a “whitewash of justice.”
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Emanuel said they were not only furious with the result of Tuesday’s surprise hearing however likewise blindsided by the decision itself, with the officials only finding out Smollett wouldn’t face charges for supposedly faking a hate criminal offense at the very same time the general public learnt.
Smollett’s attorneys say their customer continues to emphatically reject making any incorrect statements in the event and stated he stays the victim of a crime.
The Associated Press contributed to this report