With her re-election on the line, controversial Cook County prosecutor Kim Foxx’s efforts to stay in office has been aided by liberal billionaire George Soros.
Despite igniting a firestorm from dropping charges against disgraced actor Jussie Smollett, Foxx has remained defiant.
Appearing on the Ben Joravsky show, Foxx denounced followers of the case who criticize her handling “B.S.”
“That we are continuing to talk about this in a city that continues to deal with gun violence, in a city that is continuing to reckon with police accountability. That somehow this case has been elevated to one of the greatest criminal injustices in our time feels disingenuous,” Foxx said.
“I talk to too many family members of [victims of] violence who are frustrated that we spend more time talking about this case than the unsolved homicide rate. I talk to people who are worried about their young people who say, ‘Why do we keep talking about Jussie?’ It’s not me. It’s what I hear from the community:`We can’t believe we’re still talking about this.’”
FreeBeacon reports George Soros and other liberal billionaires are pushing large sums of cash into Chicago to back the far-left prosecutor whose office dropped charges against Jussie Smollett, the actor who staged a “hate crime” he attributed to Trump supporters.
The reelection efforts of Kim Foxx, state’s attorney for Cook County, Ill., received a boost from the Illinois Justice & Public Safety PAC. The committee, founded to support Foxx, has spent six figures on media productions and direct mail backing Foxx’s candidacy, state records show, making it Foxx’s largest backer so far. The PAC received its entire $2 million budget from a group created and funded by Soros.
Soros has for years poured millions into district attorney and prosecutor races across the country backing candidates who want to radically overhaul the criminal justice system. The candidates often campaign on reducing incarceration rates by bringing lower-level charges for higher-level offenses. One such Soros-backed district attorney, Larry Krasner of Philadelphia, purged dozens of prosecutors primarily from the homicide division, drug enforcement, and civil asset forfeiture units within days of taking office.
Foxx, who received $408,000 from Soros during her first election in 2016, set off widespread criticism for her office’s handling of the Smollett case. The actor claimed he was attacked by two white masked individuals in the streets of Chicago who yelled “This is MAGA country,” tied a rope around his neck, and doused him in bleach. The story quickly unraveled after evidence emerged that Smollett hired two men to fake the attack. Foxx’s office dropped the charges against him. Following a special prosecutor’s probe into Foxx’s handling of the Smollett case, a grand jury indicted Smollett on six counts of disorderly conduct in relation to making false reports to the Chicago Police Department.
Soros has renewed his support for Foxx in the wake of the Smollett controversy. On Feb. 19, the Democracy PAC, a federal super PAC Soros created for the 2020 elections, deposited $2 million into the coffers of the Illinois Justice & Public Safety PAC. That contribution is the pro-Foxx PAC’s sole source of funding. Soros put $5.1 million into the Democracy PAC in the first half of 2019.
ChicagoSunTimes reports Foxx has been under fire for a series of decisions tied to the Smollett case that go beyond abruptly dropping the charges without explaining the reversal or demanding an admission of guilt from the actor.
They include “recusing” herself from the case but never doing so formally and attempting to persuade now-fired Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson to transfer the investigation to the FBI at a time when Smollett was still viewed as the victim of a hate crime.
At the time, Foxx had been contacted by an influential supporter of the Empire actor: Tina Tchen, a Chicago attorney and former chief of staff for former first lady Michelle Obama.
There were text messages that suggested Foxx thought her office may have been “overcharging” Smollett even after her self-described “recusal.”
Special Prosecutor Dan Webb is investigating her handling of the case, saying the state’s attorney’s office was unable to show that other cases had been similarly handled.