Kim Foxx under fire for behavior in Jussie Smollet case
Vice President of the Northwest Side GOP Club Ammie Kessem is calling for the resignation of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx due to her handling of the case against Jussie Smollet.
Bob Fioretti, a former Chicago alderman, candidate for Chicago mayor and 2nd Ward Democrat Party chairman, also called for Foxx to resign, taking to Twitter on March 15 and publicly demanding, "No question (Cook County State's Attorney) Kim Foxx needs to step down. Now. As a lawyer, I don't say this lightly."
Foxx is alleged to have angled Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to drop the recent Jussie Smollet hate crime case in the Chicago Police Department and turn it over to the FBI while communicating with a member of the Smollet family.
Kessem told the Chicago City Wire she is also asking for Foxx's resignation.
"I have publicly called for her to resign immediately after announcing her recusal, although I am not naive enough to have ever thought that she would," Kessem said.
Political outrage has sparked because Foxx allegedly tried to sway the case, but as a prosecutor for Cook County she should have had no involvement.
Smollet claimed he was a victim of hate crime and is now accused of filing a false police report in late January.
"Kim Foxx’s agenda is one of which she has focused on letting criminals off the hook, not one of holding criminals accountable for their actions," Kessem said.
Foxx recused herself on the Smollet case based on a conflict of interest after allegedly exchanging messages with a member close to the Smollet family that detailed her push to Johnson.
"The fact that she took it upon herself to get involved with family members and have personal 'exchanges' with them before all the facts were presented to her, shows exactly how unqualified she is for the job," Kessem said.
Kessem told the Chicago City Wire that "Foxx's actions were a complete betrayal of the people's trust in the elected office she holds" and "She just proved she is unfit to be the county's top prosecutor."
Johnson allegedly dismissed Foxx's push for the case to be turned over to the FBI and kept it with the Chicago Police Department.
"Our election system has become nothing more than a 'who’s who' of the political elite. It no longer has much to do with who is the best person for the job. It hasn’t been for a very long time," Kessem said.
Kessem is a former candidate for state representative for House District 19 and is a Chicago Police sergeant.