The attorney for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett offered up a bizarre explanation for why her client blamed two white men for his alleged attack in Chicago.
“He did tell police that from what he saw, he thought it was white or pale skin, that’s what he initially said,” attorney Tina Glandian said on TODAY. “Obviously, you can disguise that. You can put make-up on. There’s a video, it took me all of five minutes when I was looking into the brothers, to of one of the brothers in whiteface doing the Joker monologue.”
A screenshot from the video to which Glandian was referring shows one of the Nigerian brothers, whom Smollett fingered as his attackers during the original police investigation, with his face painted white:
Glandian works for attorney Mark Geragos, who was recently fired as a CNN legal analyst due to his alleged involvement in Michael Avenatti’s attempt to extort Nike.
All charges against Smollett were mysteriously dropped Tuesday, and records of the case were ordered sealed. The prosecutors cited community service and his forfeiture of his $10,000 bond.
But Glandian said that those terms were not the reason for dropping the charges, adding that Smollett did both because he’s a good guy.
“He had to do nothing. There were no obligations, no conditions. These are the things that he chose to do because this is his character,” she said.
There is a tangled web of attorneys and high profile Democrats that interfered in the Smollett case. Tina Tchen, former Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama, spoke with State’s Attorney Kim Foxx on behalf of Smollett. Smollett is known to have been friends with the Obama’s. Foxx is also close with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), with whom Smollett is also acquainted.
The Department of Justice has launched an investigation into the handling of Smollett’s case.
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Did Bernie Sanders Just Endorse a Neocon Regime Change Foreign Policy?
Is Bernie Sanders the anti-war candidate that many non-interventionists are making him out to be?
Journalists Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey presented some interesting observations about Sanders’ foreign policy views.
Sanders criticized the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani in January and also stressed his opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
During the Iowa presidential debate, Sanders loudly boasted, “I not only voted against that war, I helped lead the effort against that war.”
However, Sanders changed his tune when chatting with the New York Times.
The answers the Sanders campaign gave the Times showed its flexibility when it comes to foreign policy.
In other words, the Sanders campaign signaled to the military and intelligence apparatus that Sanders won’t present a threat to their interests and may actually carry out their interventionist agenda.
One question in the survey that the Times sent the Sanders campaign stuck out above the rest.
The third survey question asked, “Would you consider military force to pre-empt an Iranian or North Korean nuclear or missile test?”
The Sanders campaign responded, “Yes.”
Based on this response, Sanders’ is signaling that he’s willing to continue Bush-era policies of “preemptive war.”
Like Obama, Sanders’ opposition to the Iraq War was a matter of politics rather than a principled opposition to regime change wars.
His campaign was also asked, “Would you consider military force for a humanitarian intervention?”
Sanders responded, “Yes.”
Some of the wars that the U.S. carried out in the name of “human rights” have been the Bosnian war and the bombing of Serbia in the 1990s along with the aerial campaign against Libya in 2011 and the Civil War launched in Syria.
All in all, Sanders’ pro-peace/non-interventionist image is at best window dressing.
Under a Sanders presidency, the interventionist status quo will likely stay in place.
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