From the moment that the Jussie Smollett case came rocketing back into my atmosphere yesterday, I was aware of something special about the case’s timing.
Jussie Smollett, who was accused and apprehended by Chicago Police on account of his hoaxed hate crime some weeks ago, was getting off. All charges dropped.
But Smollett was distinctly not exonerated, according to the those in the know – a semantic and situational coincidence that bears some resemblance to the current predicament of our President.
After the completion of a secretive, 22 month-long investigation by Robert Mueller, then interpreted by Attorney General Bill Barr, President Donald Trump has been “exonerated” in his words, despite being distinctly not exonerated in Mueller’s.
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This bizarre conclusion by Mueller has a vast majority of the American people clamoring for the full release of the report, citing that the 4-page Barr summary does not accurately and adequately describe the situation.
And, let’s not forget: We’re the taxpayers who paid for the entire shebang to begin with…it’s probably time to ask for our receipt.
The Chicago Police, who are furious with authorities for dropping the charges against Jussie Smollett, are facing a similar dilemma.
Thanks to the crafty maneuvering of Smollett’s legal team, the actor’s investigative file was to be sealed indefinitely in order to shield their client from any further disparagement, also allowing Smollett to claim his innocence.
If we know anything about the Chicago Police, we know that they aren’t going to stand for this sort of clandestine corruption. Their release of the Smollett case files today proves that point.
The release of the documents comes one day after Cook County prosecutors dismissed a 16-count indictment against the actor, saying they had cut a deal with the tv star to perform two days of community service and forfeit his $10,000 bond to the city.
The move made it possible for Smollett’s attorneys to get his criminal case immediately sealed and wiped clean.
About an hour after the department released the files, the Chicago Police reportedly became subject of a court order that barred them from releasing further files even though they were widely available online.
In the case of Mueller, the American people are still waiting, hoping to one day understand the full scope of just what happened back in the waning days of 2016.
In Smollett’s case, however, the truth is now staring us in the face.
The comparisons are a bit eerie, to be honest. Trump is claiming exoneration despite that being precisely untrue, and Jussie Smollett is claiming innocence despite the facts of the case. With the release of the Chicago PD’s case file, the court of public opinion can now coddle or chastise the actor however they see fit.
With Bob Mueller’s report, however, we are still in the dark. We still have no real conclusion, specifically regarding the decision to punt the obstruction case to the Department of Justice, and we will not have true and unfettered closure until We The People see the whole thing laid out before us.
If such a time comes, will Trump have his “Smollett Moment”? Or is Jussie Smollett today having his “Trump Moment”?
Only through the lens of history will we ever truly know.
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