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‘It’s sickening’: Liz Cheney slams Democratic leaders for defense of Tlaib’s Holocaust remark

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Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming sounded off Tuesday on her Democratic colleagues in Congress, accusing them of being anti-Semitic by not condemning comments by Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

“We have a situation today where those of us who are elected officials and particularly elected officials in the House of Representative where this anti-Semitism is rising within our body have an obligation to stand up and to stop it,” Cheney said on “Fox & Friends.”

She also took House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to task over their recent demand for an apology from Republicans and President Trump for allegedly twisting Tlaib’s words to create controversy.

“I’m sorry that there are so many anti-Semitic members of the House Democratic caucus,” Cheney said on “Fox & Friends.” “We went yesterday from a situation where the Democratic leadership in the House had sort of been enabling this anti-Semitism by their silence. Yesterday was different.”

RASHIDA TLAIB SLAMMED BY HOUSE GOP OVER COMMENTS ON HOLOCAUST, PALESTINIANS

On Monday, Omar accused Cheney of “deep seated hate and Islamophobia” after Cheney condemned Tlaib’s comments on Israel and the Holocaust.

Cheney slammed Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman to be elected to Congress, for making allegedly false remarks critical of Israel.

“Here’s @RepRashida direct quote, ‘There’s a calming feeling I always tell folks when I think of the Holocaust.’ And her ‘history’ of what happened after is a fantasy based on lies spread to delegitimize the state of Israel,” Cheney tweeted.

Omar responded, “Give it up, we all know you never met a Muslim you didn’t want to vilify!,” Omar said. “Your deep seeded hate and Islamophobia might be a tool to rally your base, but won’t get rid your colleagues. You just have to deal.”

Instead of calling out their colleagues as Republicans demanded, the House Democratic leadership defended Omar and Tlaib.

“If you read Rep. Tlaib’s comments, it is clear that President Trump and Congressional Republicans are taking them out of context,” Hoyer told The Hill. “They must stop, and they owe her an apology.”

Pelosi also weighed in and called for Trump and Tlaib’s critics to apologize.

“Republicans’ desperate attempts to smear @RepRashida & misrepresent her comments are outrageous,” Pelosi tweeted. “President @realDonaldTrump & House GOP should apologize to Rep. Tlaib & the American people for their gross misrepresentations.”

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That didn’t sit well with Cheney who told Fox News, “There is just no context in which it is okay to say that a calming feeling comes over you when you think about the Holocaust. It’s sickening.”

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Petraeus praises Trump, calls out NATO, North Korea and China

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In a wide-ranging with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade, former CIA Director David Petraeus praised President Trump’s hard line on NATO, claimed the west needs to rethink its North Korea strategy and warned the United States should be “firm, not provocative” with China.

The retired four-star general said Trump is hardly the first U.S. president to take NATO to task for spending too little on their own defense and depending on the U.S. to make up the difference.

“(Trump) is right to do that,” Petraeus said. “He is by no means the first president. I heard President Obama do this publicly and privately. I heard Secretary Gates, President Bush, others… have all been very frustrated that our NATO allies have not spent what they have agreed to spend.”

NATO CHIEF, IN SPEECH TO CONGRESS, DECLARES TRUMP’S PUSH FOR MORE DEFENSE SPENDING IS WORKING

He added, “The greatest gift to nato since out end of the Cold War is Vladimir Putin. He has given a whole new reason for NATO to live.”

When it comes to North Korea, the former head of US Central Command said the west needs a more realistic approach in dealing with Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.

“The real question is do we truly believe that we can demand that North Korea agree to complete irreversible, verifiable destruction of their nuclear program before we do anything? Or is — should we do a step-by-step starting out with a on the ground verification inspection, validation of what is there? The secretary of state (Mike Pompeo) is a seriously bright guy. We do have dialogue. I think he understands..

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Petraeus then shifted to China and the challenges facing the Trump administration. He believes both countries have to “compete” and “collaborate” in order to be successful.

“We should look at every decision that we take and ask what will the effect of that be on our relationship with China? What we need to be here is firm not provocative,” Petraeus said. “We want to ensure that China realizes that if there are actions that they take that are not acceptable to us, that there is going to be a response.”

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On Friday, the U.S. escalated its trade war with China, slapping tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese exports after trade talks held in D.C. failed Thursday.

Beijing hit back and pledged to take “necessary countermeasures” though it did not give specifics.

Brian Kilmeade’s full interview with former CIA Director David Petraeus will be available this weekend.

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Canadian doctor sentenced to life for killing wife as their three children slept nearby

A Canadian doctor who murdered his wife two days after she filed for divorce was sentenced Thursday to life in prison.

Neurosurgeon Mohammed Shamji, 43, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 40-year-old Elana Fric Shamji, a well-respected family doctor. Shamji attacked his wife, broke her neck and ribs before choking her to death while their three children slept nearby.

He then took his wife’s mangled body, stuffed it into a suitcase and dumped it in the Humber River.

HUNDREDS OF CATS DISCOVERED INSIDE TORONTO APARTMENT IN ‘PERILOUS HOARDING SITUATION’

After the incident, Shamji went home, cleaned up and reported to work as usual and even performed surgeries. He reported his wife missing and was arrested a day later after her body had been found.

During the sentencing hearing on Wednesday, Elana Shamji’s mother said the incident had destroyed her family and left them with rage. She told the Toronto court that she would have died “except that the children have given me a purpose to live.”

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Neurosurgeon Mohammed Shamji, 43, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 40-year-old Elana Fric Shamji, a well-respected family doctor. (Facebook)

“I see my daughter in them every day, and I talk to her at her gave site,” she said.

Elana Shamji’s father, Joe Fric, also addressed the court.

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“I am an old man, almost 74 years of age, so my loss will end before too long, but the loss of the children will go on for decades and decades,” he said, struggling to speak through tears.

He added that going to identify his daughter’s body at the morgue would haunt him forever.

“No parent should ever have to do that,” he said.

Shamji, whose 12-year marriage was described as volatile and dysfunctional, said he should have taken his own life instead of his wife’s.

“Mine was the ultimate betrayal to a woman who gave so much to so many people, especially me,” he said. “There have been no justifications or excuses for what I have done that has hurt so many people.”

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Shamji will be eligible for parole in 14 years.

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Baltimore hit by ransomware attack, forcing officials to shut down city’s servers

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Baltimore Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young said Wednesday that IT teams were working to recover from a devastating cyberattack the day before that had forced officials to shut down most of the city’s Internet servers.

Young and city IT director Frank Johnson briefed reporters on the hack but didn’t say how long it would take the city to be up and running again.

“I don’t care what kind of systems you put in place, they always can find a way to infect your system,” Young said. “I know we’re going to do all we can to solve this issue and put up other protections.”

Johnson said the ransomware involved is called RobbinHood and described it as “very aggressive.”

Thousands of city employees were told Tuesday to unplug their computers and some departments even sent their workers home for the day as experts tried to stop the cyber bleeding after the ransomware virus spread throughout the network.

The Department of Public Works tweeted that both its email and customer service phone lines were not working and told residents trying to pay their bill to hold off.

MILLIONS OF CHINESE-MADE DEVICES, INCLUDING BABY MONITORS, VULNERABLE TO HACKING: STUDY

Young said Baltimore police, fire, EMS and 311 service were operational and that the city shut down the majority of its service out of an abundance of caution.

He tweeted,  “At this time, we have seen no evidence that any personal data has left the system.”

This was not the first time Baltimore has been hit. Last year, the city’s 911 dispatch system was compromised, leading to a 17-hour shutdown.

The hackers managed to breach the city’s network after an “internal change to the firewall” made by a technician who was working on another issue related to the automated dispatch system.

“We were able to successfully isolate the threat and ensure that no harm was done to other servers or systems across the city’s network,”  Frank Johnson, chief information officer in the Mayor’s Office of Information Technology, said at the time.

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Don Norris, a professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, told The Baltimore Sun that the city’s repeat victimization underscores how municipal governments struggle to keep computer networks out of the hands of hackers.

“You’ve got increasingly sophisticated and very persistent bad guys out there looking for any vulnerability they can find and local governments, including Baltimore, who either don’t have the money or don’t spend it to properly protect their assets,” Norris said.

“I’m not surprised that it happened,” he said, “and I won’t be surprised when it happens again.”

Baltimore is hardly alone.

U.S. cities, states and companies have been finding themselves increasingly at risk for cyber attacks and breaches involving ransomware, which place them at the mercy of hackers demanding money.

Last year, Atlanta’s computer systems were hit. The ransomware attack locked important city data behind an encrypted wall that could only be unlocked if the city paid hackers thousands of dollars in Bitcoins.

The ransom note left by the hackers said that refusing to pay the figure would lead to wiping out the information.

In December, a federal grand jury in Atlanta indicted two Iranian nationals, Faramarz Savandi and Mohammed Mansouri, for creating and deploying the””SamSam” ransomware that crippled online government services for more than a week.

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According to court documents, the Department of Justice claimed Savandi and Mansouri have collected more than $6 million in ransom payments since they first launched “SamSam” in 2015.

Fox News’ Lukas Mikelionis contibuted to this report. 

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White police officer caught cursing at black middle school students rescinds public apology offer

The Virginia police officer who promised to publicly apologize after being caught on video in March threatening a group of black middle school students has rescinded the offer.

Richmond Police Chief William Smith told The Richmond Times-Dispatch that the officer, who is white and whose name has not been released, doesn’t feel comfortable apologizing in a large setting and therefore won’t be making good on his word.

Smith said the officer met with the students and their parents last week and apologized to them. At the meeting, the officer also signed an agreement promising to attend an Albert Hill school assembly and address the student body. However, “since then, he has reconsidered that promise and no longer feels he could handle the much larger setting of a school assembly,” Smith said in a statement Tuesday.

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“He wants me to pass along his sincere apology for what he said that day and add another apology for not being able to meet with the entire school,” Smith added. “I believe that if there is any good that has come out of this, it is that the Richmond Police Department has developed a stronger, much more positive and hopeful ongoing relationship with Albert Hill Middle School.”

The video, shot by student Cameron Hilliard, shows the officer telling the students to “wait until your asses turn 18, then you’re mine.”

Hilliard has said the comments were prompted after someone yelled an obscenity directed at the officer.

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The officer, a 15-year veteran, was removed from patrol of the Museum District neighborhood where the school is located. The officer also faces unspecified punishment and remedial training, according to the Times-Dispatch.

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Seattle Times suspends reporter after accusations he sent sexually explicit messages to female writer

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The Seattle Times on Sunday suspended real estate reporter Mike Rosenberg after another journalist, Talia Jane, tweeted screenshots of direct messages he sent that she alleged were sexually explicit and harassing.

Jane, 29, did not reveal Rosenberg’s identity on Sunday when she shared the direct messages he sent her following a conversation they had about her plans to be a freelance journalist.

Rosenberg allegedly wrote at 3:10 a.m., “Anyway, you’re so beautiful.” About three minutes later he allegedly added: “Anyway you are hilarious.

He then allegedly sent a message at 3:55 a.m. that read: “There is so much c– on your face.”

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Jane responded, “This isn’t appropriate or acceptable.”

In his immediate response to Jane, Rosenberg suggests the sexual comments had been for someone else.

“Holy s–t, you’re entirely right, that wasn’t intended for you, I am incredibly sorry,” he wrote back. “If I were you I would kill me.”

Brooklyn-based Jane didn’t buy the excuses and took the sender to task.

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“That’s an inadequate excuse given the time stamps make it clear you could have noticed the error for 45 full minutes and instead kept going,” she responded.

“Show your wife what you said and permanently delete your Twitter account and any other social media you use so you can’t engage in predatory behavior from behind the safety of a screen. And figure out how to handle your s– like an adult without putting the onus on someone else to tell you how to act.”

Rosenberg’s jarring statements also prompted Jane to contact the newspaper’s senior editors which led to Rosenberg’s suspension.

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“The Seattle Times has been made aware of allegations of sexual harassment earlier today against a newsroom employee,” Seattle Times president CFO Alan Fisco said in a statement late Sunday.  “We take these kinds of allegations very seriously and have suspended the employee pending an investigation by our human resources group.”

On Monday, Rosenberg’s Twitter account had been deactivated.

Calls to The Seattle Times for comment were not immediately returned.

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Thousands turn out for 5-year-old boy’s funeral as parents sit in jail, accused of murder

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Thousands of mourners on Friday gathered at an Illinois funeral home to pay their last respects to a 5-year-old boy whose badly beaten body was found in a shallow grave covered with straw late last month.

Authorities have charged Andrew “AJ” Freund’s parents, JoAnn Cunningham and Andrew “AJ” Freund Sr., with first-degree murder. Police discovered the little boy’s battered body wrapped in plastic on April 24- nine days after his parents reported him missing.

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On Friday, blue ribbons were wrapped around poles along the streets as the community came together in a touching farewell. There were several posters with pictures that showed AJ with angel wings and inscribed with the words, “In loving memory of AJ,” The Chicago Tribune reported.

“There has been an outpouring of donations and people wanting to help,” funeral director Kim Nordin said, adding that she’s received calls from people across the country who have sent flowers.

Elissa Emmert of Crystal Lake, Ill., who brought her 21-month-old son, Levi, to the public visitation, said she came to “show support to AJ. My heart breaks for what happened to him.”

His obituary on the Davenport Family Funeral Home and Crematory’s website described AJ as “extremely smart and friendly boy who could not wait to start kindergarten in the fall and make new friends.”

Since his parents’ arrest, disturbing details have emerged of the torture authorities say preceded the beating death. Court documents allege AJ’s parents killed him by beating him and then subjecting him to a long, cold shower after he lied about soiling his pants.  An autopsy determined he died from blunt force trauma to his head and had been struck multiple times.

Video that police recovered from Cunningham’s cellphone allegedly showing her bruised 5-year-old son prompted AJ’s father to finally lead investigators to his body.

The video, dated March 4, shows AJ lying naked on a mattress, covered in bruises and bandages, according to an affidavit from McHenry County Sheriff’s Detective Edwin Maldonado. Maldonado wrote that a female voice “consistent with Joann’s is holding the phone and videotaping. She is berating AJ for urinating his bed.”

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AJ’s death has also led to increased scrutiny of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, which was already in the spotlight because of the recent deaths of two other children.

In AJ’s case, documents show that child welfare workers had been repeatedly called to the dilapidated and filthy Freund home.

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AJ’s parents are due in court May 10 for a preliminary hearing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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VP Pence slams Ilhan Omar for accusing Trump admin of ‘bullying’ Venezuela: ‘Doesn’t know what she’s talking about’

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Vice President Mike Pence took aim at Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Friday over her recent comments on the unrest in Venezuela.

During an interview with “America’s Newsroom,” the vice president responded to recent remarks from the freshman lawmaker when she stated Trump administration is partly responsible for the political and civil unrest unfolding in Venezuela because of its “bullying” tactics and sanctions.

“The congresswoman doesn’t know what she’s talking about,” Pence said. “Nicolas Maduro is a socialist dictator who has taken what was one of the most prosperous nations in this hemisphere and brought it literally to a level of deprivation and oppression and poverty that we have never seen. Nine out of 10 people in Venezuela live in poverty. Three million people have fled Venezuela. That’s not a result of U.S. policies. That’s the result of dictatorship and socialism that has been imposed on people of Venezuela by Nicolas Maduro.”

Earlier in the week, Omar told PBS’ “Democracy Now!” that “a lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela and we have sort of set the stage for where we are arriving today.”

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“This particular bullying and the use of sanctions to eventually intervene and make regime change really does not help the people of countries like Venezuela and it certainly does not help and is not in the interest of the United States,” she added.

The vice president also touted a strong employment report, and backed Attorney General William Barr’s decision not to testify in front of a House hearing over the controversial Mueller report, during the wide-ranging interview.

About an hour before the interview, a report released by the Labor Department showed U.S. job growth surged in April 263,000 jobs while the unemployment rate dropped to a more than 49-year low of 3.6 percent.

“It’s really remarkable,” Pence told Sandra Smith. “What people are witnessing is that the agenda President Trump ran on, and that we have been delivering on over the last two years, is working for every American.”

The latest data reveals the economy is showing robust growth and provides a much-needed talking point for Republicans and the White House as the 2020 presidential election nears.

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During his sit-down at the White House, Pence said he “fully supports”Attorney General William Barr’s decision to skip a House hearing on special counsel Robert Muller’s Trump-Russia report.

The move by Barr accelerated an already bitter battle between Democrats, the White House, and the Justice Department. Democrats have threatened to hold Barr in contempt for missing the deadline to provide the House Judiciary Committee with an unredacted version of the Mueller report and its underlying evidence.

“I served on the Judiciary Committee for 11 years,” Pence said. “I can recall no occasion where lawyers for the majority and the minority questioned a member of a president’s cabinet under either party.”

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Barr’s hours-long appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday accelerated calls for his resignation after he said the president had been falsely accused of colluding with Russia. Barr’s also been accused to spinning key findings in the Mueller report in the president’s favor.

While the Mueller report did not find any criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, it did not clear the president or his campaign of obstruction of justice. The report also noted that some Trump campaign officials had declined to testify, making it almost impossible to get a complete picture of what happened during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Pence largely echoed President Trump’s comments to Fox News’ Catherine Herridge on Thursday, that he doesn’t want former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify before Congress.

“Don McGahn was made available to the special counsel and by most reports provided him with 30 hours of testimony, all of which contributed to the report that concluded there was no collusion and no obstruction,” Pence said. “Congress has that report available. They have the information available. There’s certain redactions that are required under the law for grand juries but a limited number of members of Congress have access even beyond that, so the information is there for them to look at.”

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He added, “As the president said last night, it’s time for us to get back to business.”

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Florida Gators quarterback accused of sexual battery

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Florida Gators quarterback Jalon Jones was accused of sexual battery last month, though no criminal charges were filed, according to a police report.

A University of Florida student told authorities that the freshman football player sexually assaulted her in the early morning of April 6. According to the report, obtained by the Tampa Bay Times, the student got a rape kit from the Shands South Hospital the night of the alleged assault but decided not to press criminal charges.

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The female student says she went to Jones’ residence and was “upset about an incident that happened earlier that night with a friend she had a disagreement with” and that Jones consoled her. However, once sexual activity began with Jones, the victim says she told him to stop several times but that he only did so when he heard Florida freshman Jaydon Hill in the living room.

Gators spokesman Steve McClain said the university is “aware of the incident reports” and that athletic and campus protocols were followed.

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Jones, a four-star prospect out of Richmond, Virginia, was the 10th-ranked duel-threat quarterback and one of six four-star recruits signed by coach Dan Mullen this year.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound player decided to transfer after falling to fourth on the depth chart this spring, The Orlando Sentinel reported Wednesday, though they did not say where he would be going.

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Another conflict of interest pops up in Kim Foxx’s handling of Jussie Smollett case

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The Cook County judge set to decide whether a special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate why charges were dropped against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has a son who works in the state’s attorney’s office.

The news sets up another potential conflict of interest with State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office and its handling of the controversial case.

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Judge Leroy Martin Jr. addressed a petition Thursday filed by retired appellate Judge Sheila O’Brien to recuse himself and assign the case to a judge outside Cook County.

Martin’s son, Leroy Martin III, is an assistant state’s attorney who has worked under Foxx for more than a year. He was hired in April 2018.

“You’re going to be deciding whether (Foxx), your son’s boss, is teling the truth,” O’Brien told Martin.

Martin said he would decide whether to recuse himself and set the next hearing on the matter for May 10.

“I think it is a problem,” CBS2 legal analyst Irv Miller said about Martin presiding over the case. “She’s the son’s employer. She controls his son’s pay, promotions. That’s why there is an appearance of impropriety.”

O’Brien has also asked for a special prosecutor to delve into the behind-the-scenes decision-making process in the Smollett case.

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Foxx has publicly said she’d welcome an independent probe into her office’s decision to dismiss a 16-count indictment against Smollett, who is accused of staging a hate crime on himself.

However, she filed a motion on Tuesday opposing the call for a special prosecutor made by O’Brien. Her office filed two other motions that day as well. One seeks to quash subpoenas for Foxx and her top assistant Joseph Magats and prevent O’Brien from requesting additional subpoenas. The other seeks the court’s permission to allow Foxx’s office and the county inspector general access to records that were sealed at the same hearing where prosecutors dropped all charges against Smollett.

The decision to drop the charges during an unannounced March hearing sparked outrage from the Chicago Police Department as well as outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel who blasted the move as a “whitewash of justice.”

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President Trump also weighed in on the case, calling it “an embarrassment to our nation” in a March 28 tweet.

O’Brien’s petition calls out Foxx’s handling of the case for saying she recused herself in the early stages of the investigation because she was in contact with a family member of Smollett only to claim recently that her recusal was not a recusal “in the legal sense” which would have required her entire office to withdraw from the prosecution.

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O’Brien claims Foxx’s comments and actions created “a perception that justice was not served here, that Mr. Smollett received special treatment.”

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