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Special prosecutor in Jussie Smollett case admits donating to campaign of State's Attorney he is now investigating

Dan Webb says he doesn't recall writing a $1,000 check, or co-hosting a fundraiser for Kim Foxx's campaign in 2016

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The special prosecutor appointed to lead a probe into why charges were dropped against Jussie Smollett has admitted to writing a check to the campaign of State's Attorney Kim Foxx — whose office he is responsible for investigating for any potential wrongdoing.

What are the details?

Dan Webb of the law firm Winston and Strawn LLP was tapped by a judge last month to find out, in Webb's words, "whether reasonable ground exist to further prosecute Jussie Smollett, and whether any person or office involved in the Smollett Case, including Kim Foxx and members of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, engaged in improper conduct or committed any criminal offenses."

Foxx has faced heavy scrutiny after her office dropped the charges against Smollett, an African-American actor who was arrested and charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct after allegedly staging what he claimed was a homophobic, racially-charged, politically-charged attack against him in January.

On Monday, Webb wrote an affidavit saying that Foxx's attorney informed him last week that he had, apparently, donated $1,000 to Ms. Foxx's campaign in 2016. In the document obtained by WFLD-TV reporter Rafer Weigel, Webb claims he does not recall making the donation, but said it was common for him to write checks supporting political candidates at the behest of his partners.

The Chicago Tribune reported that "Webb's filing included a copy of the flyer for the fundraiser on Oct. 13, 2016," which shows that Webb was included as a co-host of the event.

Anything else?

Webb went on to declare in his letter that Foxx's attorney "made it clear that he and Kim Foxx do not consider this political contribution an issue, and stated that Kim Foxx will not claim any conflict of interest, or have any other objection related to this contribution."


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