“Interesting” is one word for what’s going on here. It’s about the tamest word I could think of. I can think of many, many more.
We’ve recently heard a lot about Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff, Tina Tchen, for basically being the person who got hate-crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett’s charges magically dismissed after previously having 16 felonies to account for.
As detailed by Daily Wire:
While Chicago police were still investigating an alleged hate crime against Smollett and considering him a victim, Tchen reached out to the Cook County State Attorney’s Office asking for the investigation to be handed over to the FBI.
“I wanted to give you a call on behalf of Jussie Smollett and family who I know. They have concerns about the investigation,” Tchen sent in a text message to Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx on February 1.
Foxx emailed Tchen that same day to say, “Spoke to the Superintendent [Eddie] Johnson” and that she had “convinced him to Reach out to FBI to ask that they take over the investigation.”
Foxx also texted a relative of Smollett to say the same.
“Spoke to the superintendent earlier, he made the ask,” Foxx texted. “Trying to figure out logistics. I’ll keep you posted.”
Smollett’s relative responded by saying: “Omg this would be a huge victory.”
Foxx replied that she could “make no guarantees, but I’m trying.”
Foxx then recused herself from the case.
We’re not entirely sure what happened between then and now, but it is entirely clear that whatever she did, was, in fact, a “huge victory” for Smollett.
But see… that’s not the only reason Tina Tchen is a hot topic right now. She’s involved in yet another scandalous case.
Tchen’s name is not only appearing in reports about helping steer the Smollett investigation. She is also getting news coverage as the person hired to investigate alleged racism and sexism within the Southern Poverty Law Center. Earlier this month, the center’s co-founder, Morris Dees, was fired. The president of the organization also recently resigned amid complaints from employees that women staffers were sexually harassed by Dees and that the organization’s white leadership did not adequately advance minority staffers.
In a statement announcing Dees’ firing, then-president Richard Cohen said the center had hired “an outside organization to conduct a comprehensive assessment of our internal climate and workplace practices, to ensure that our talented staff is working in the environment that they deserve – one in which all voices are heard and all staff members are respected.”
The person hired to lead this investigation was Tchen. The Chicago-based attorney and co-founder of the Times Up Legal Defense Fund (part of the MeToo movement), will be assessing the SPLC’s workplace culture.
Interesting, is it not?
I’d bet my firstborn that Jussie’s bewildering pass has a little something to do with Tchen’s “commitment to social justice.”