Obama Chief of Staff Connected to Smollett Also Investigating SPLC
During the investigation's preliminary stages, while Chicago Police still considered Smollett a victim, Tchen circumvented detectives and asked the Cook County State Attorney's Office hand the case over to the FBI.
Tchen is not only linked to Smollett's sweetheart deal – she is also under scrutiny for being chosen to investigate allegations of racism and sexism at the leftist Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) after the center's co-founder, Morris Dees, was fired. (RELATED: Liberal Nonprofit Running 'Highly Profitable Scam' Staffers Say)
The Daily Wire's Ashe Schow has more:
In a statement announcing Dees’ firing, then-president Richard Cohen said the center had hired “an outside organization to conduct a comprehensive assessment of our internal climate and workplace practices, to ensure that our talented staff is working in the environment that they deserve – one in which all voices are heard and all staff members are respected.”
The person hired to lead this investigation was Tchen. The Chicago-based attorney and co-founder of the Times Up Legal Defense Fund (part of the MeToo movement), will be assessing the SPLC’s workplace culture.
In a statement to The New York Times, the SPLC’s board chairman, Bryan Fair, said the allegations and departures were “an eye-opening reminder that the walk toward justice must sometimes start at your own front door, and force you to look at your past so you can improve your future.”