CHICAGO – A former senior Obama administration official last month urged the highest Chicago area attorney to ask the municipal police to disclose to the FBI his investigation into an alleged attack on the actor. "The Empire" Jussie Smollett. State Attorney's Office of the County.

Tina Tchen, who served as chief of staff of former first lady Michelle Obama at the White House, first contacted Kim Foxx via SMS on February 1, according to communications. Tchen, a Chicago-based lawyer, is also the co-founder of the Times Up Legal Defense Fund.

At the time of the match, Smollett was still considered by the police as a victim of aggression. The actor was subsequently charged with disorderly conduct for making a false report under purported to have organized an attack to make him look like the victim of a brutal hate crime.

"I spoke to Superintendent Johnson," sent an e-mail to Tchen on February 1, referring to Eddie Johnson, the city's greatest police officer. "I convinced him to contact the FBI to ask him to take over the investigation."

Foxx also sent an SMS to a member of Smollett's family, whose name has been included in copies of the communication published by his office.

"I spoke to the director earlier, he made the request," Foxx wrote. "Try to understand the logistics. I'll let you know. "

The parent replied, "Omg, it would be a huge win."

"I give no guarantee, but I try," Foxx replied.

Foxx has withdrawn from the investigation before Smollett is charged. His first assistant, Joe Magats, oversees the case.

Anthony Guglielmi, spokesman for the police department, said Foxx had forwarded the request to Johnson that Ch'en and family member Smollett wanted the FBI to resume the investigation. He added that the case had not been referred to the federal authorities because "there was not enough evidence" to prove that Smollett had been a victim of a hate crime federal.

"There was no federal jurisdiction," Guglielmi said, adding that the FBI had provided technical assistance to the police throughout the investigation. "If they thought it was under federal jurisdiction, he would easily have gone there."

Chen did not respond to a request for comment.

A grand jury charged Smollett last week with 16 counts of charges, accusing him of staging a racist, homophobic attack on two masked men near his Chicago apartment.

The police alleges that Smollett, who is black and gay, staged the Jan. 29 attack because he was unhappy with his salary and wanted to strengthen his profile.

He told the police that two attackers had beaten him and threw him a rope around his neck while throwing racial and anti-gay insults at him. Smollett also told the police that one of the attackers also shouted "This is MAGA's country", referring to the slogan for President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

Police arrested two men, brothers who knew Smollett and worked with him on "Empire" several weeks after the incident and identified them as suspects. They then released the two brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo without charge.

The brothers told the police that Smollett had planned the assault, had given them money to buy supplies for the trick and paid them $ 3,500 for taking part in the alleged plot.

Smollett is free with a deposit of $ 100,000. He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

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