Kim Foxx, the state’s attorney for Cook County, Illinois, reacted to the new charges filed against former Empire actor Jussie Smollett by invoking the “era” of President Trump.
“What’s questionable here is the James Comey-like timing of that charging decision, just 35 days before an election, which can only be interpreted as the further politicization of the justice system, something voters in the era of Donald Trump should consider offensive,” a spokesperson for Foxx said in a statement.
Smollett was hit with a fresh indictment by a special prosecutor this week on charges related to a hate crime that was allegedly staged by the actor in January 2019.
Smollett claimed he was assaulted by two men wearing Make America Great Again hats as he was walking down the street in Chicago, but questions about inconsistencies in his story quickly surfaced.
Chicago prosecutors ultimately charged Smollett with 16 felonies, which Foxx dismissed and referred to as “excessive.”