The investigation into Jussie Smollett’s “hate crime hoax” is kicking off with former U.S. attorney Dan Webb as its head.
Earlier today, Webb was appointed special prosecutor to look into the handling of the case against gay, black actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of staging his own “racist, homophobic” attack for publicity and to put Trump supporters in a bad light back in January.
Smollett’s charges were abruptly dropped in March, causing widespread uproar in America to bring Smollett to justice!
Under Dan Webb, we hope that this justice will be served, at last.So far, it looks promising. Webb is planning an in-depth investigation into why the Smollett case was dropped and has a long background of success uncovering Chicago corruption.
Here's a clip from Fox News with more details on the role Dan Webb will play in bringing
the Smollet case to a (hopefully satisfying) end:
The appointment adds even more star power to a case that has made nearly constant headlines for months.
Initially, Smollett drew support from celebrities and politicians across the country when he reported the attack in January. But that soon turned to condemnation when he was charged with filing a false report about it with police. The controversy intensified when those charges were dropped with little explanation from Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office.
Foxx said she recused herself from the case after having contact with a member of Smollett’s family early in the investigation at the request of Tina Tchen, Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff.
In June, Toomin determined that the entire Smollett case may be legally invalid from start to finish since Foxx inappropriately named her top deputy to take over after she recused herself.
Toomin reached out to more than 100 public prosecuting agencies across the state to see if they would be interested in taking over as special prosecutor. Two county state’s attorneys said they were willing, but neither was equipped to handle the case, Toomin said from the bench.
He then turned to private attorneys and selected Webb, calling him “a man guided by a strong moral compass and integrity."
Webb told reporters he saw his mission as threefold: Determine if Smollett or any others “engaged in any wrongdoing,” find out if the actor should be prosecuted further, and submit a written report with his findings at the conclusion of his probe.
His team will not need to start from scratch, he said, because several public agencies have already gathered a lot of evidence.
This is not the first time Toomin has tapped the veteran attorney for such a role.
In 2012, Toomin appointed him special prosecutor to look into whether clout tainted the investigation of former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew in a confrontation that led to the death of David Koschman. Webb billed the county nearly $1 million for that investigation.
But on Friday, Webb told reporters his firm would not charge legal fees in this case, though the county will be billed for some out-of-pocket expenses. “We are going to do the entire matter, start to finish, pro bono."