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The Morning Briefing: #LiberalPrivilege, #DossierTruthers and Much, Much More

Actor Jussie Smollett looks on during a press conference before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Good Wednesday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president has lunch with the vice president
  • President Trump presents the Medal of Honor

WHA’ HAPPEN?

Yesterday, prosecutors inexplicably dropped all the charges against suspected hate crime hoaxster Jussie Smollett. Earlier this year, Smollett claimed that as he was walking to get Subway at 2 a.m. on one of the coldest days of the year in one of the coldest cities in the country, he was assaulted by Trumpsters who shouted anti-gay Trumpy things at him, sprayed liquid on him and put some sort of noose around his neck. People went bananas as they do when there might be a Trumpy crime. Everyone knows that racist Trumpers skulk around in sub-zero temperatures with nooses and noxious liquids in case they come face-to-face with a viable hate crime target. Plausible. Two men who worked with Smollett and were his trainers came forward and admitted that Smollett had paid them to beat him up. There is video of these gentlemen buying the material used in the “crime.” A grand jury indicted Smollett on numerous felony counts. And then it all went bye-bye, down the memory hole.

Here’s what happened:

[Cook County State’s Attorney Kim ]Foxx’s call to [Police Supt. Eddie] Johnson came after an influential supporter of the “Empire” actor reached out to Foxx personally: Tina Tchen, a Chicago attorney and former chief of staff for former First Lady Michelle Obama, according to emails and text messages provided by Foxx to the Chicago Sun-Times in response to a public records request.

Tchen passed Foxx’s number to a relative of the actor, and the ensuing conversations with the family member were cited by Foxx last month as the reason she recused herself from Smollett’s prosecution as the actor faces disorderly conduct charges for allegedly making a false police report.

Recuse, you say? Right on.

“Spoke to the superintendent earlier. He is going to make the ask. Trying to figure out logistics. I’ll keep you posted,” Foxx wrote the relative that evening.

“OMG this would be a huge victory,” the relative texted in reply.

Smollett will have to forfeit his $10K bail money and the records are sealed so we will never know what kind of case the state had against Smollett. Even Chicago’s feckless mayor and the police superintendent came out publicly and blasted Foxx’s decision. The Fraternal Order of Police want the FBI involved. This is a horrible mess. I predict an uptick in hate crime hoaxes. When you’ve lost The Axe…

Related:

Jussie Smollett: I’ve been truthful since day one

Why prosecutors dropped charges against Jussie Smollett in favor of an ‘alternative resolution’

Jussie Smollett charges dropped: Anger, sadness, confusion among the gamut of reactions to stunning twist

Smollett Reaps Social Media Whirlwind From Liberals And Conservatives As #LiberalPrivilege Trends On Twitter

Chicago Police Department Repeatedly Refused To Disclose Jussie Smollett Investigation Costs

Joe Biden is sorry

Crazy, handsy Uncle Joe is getting ready to run for president by apologizing for his treatment of Anita Hill and the “white guys.”

“She paid a terrible price. She was abused through the hearing,” Biden said of Hill during the Biden Courage Awards ceremony in New York. “To this day, I regret I couldn’t get her the kind of hearing she deserved.”

Biden was the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Clarence Thomas SCOTUS confirmation hearings. Anita Hill alleged that Thomas sexually harassed her. Biden blamed Thomas’ confirmation on a “bunch white guys,” which is kinda crazy since all I hear about is how “white guys” are racists monsters.

“There were a bunch of white guys…hearing this testimony in the Senate Judiciary Committee. So when Anita Hill came to testify, she faced a committee that didn’t fully understand what the hell it was all about. And to this day I regret I couldn’t come up with a way to get her the kind of hearing she deserved given the courage she showed by reaching out to us,” Biden added, noting that he ultimately opposed Thomas’s confirmation.

Whatever. Has Uncle Joe sufficiently mea culpa-ed his way out this #metoo stain?

Related:

Dem lawmaker calls out ‘archaic’ sexism in Congress

Rep. Eric Swalwell is a #dossiertruther

I happened to have Martha MacCallum’s show on last night and one of her guests was barking moonbat Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.). My jaw dropped when Swalwell asserted that nothing in the salacious and unverified dossier had been proven “not factual.” Actually, not much in the dossier has been proven factual. There’s a difference, but the left is using a new legal standard. “Can you prove you are not guilty?” Can we prove Trump didn’t collude with RUSSIA? I don’t know, has it been proven “not factual” that Eric Swalwell isn’t buggering little boys?

Our legal system does not work like this. The author of the dossier, ex-foreign spy Christopher Steele, admitted the dossier was raw information and needed verification. Holy James Comey, disgraced, fired FBI director and deep Twitter thinker, stated under oath the dossier was “salacious and unverified.” But Swalwell — he’s going to double down on that pile of garbage.

Watch for yourself and check out MacCallum’s gobsmacked face. “Are you serious?” Yes, Martha, he is.

Deranged.

Related:

That was the point. Despite report findings, almost half of Americans think Trump colluded with Russia: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Trump fine with releasing Mueller report without White House seeing it: Graham

TONIGHT: Trump appearing on Fox, Comey appearing on NBC

Historical picture of the day:

Shirley Temple, sixteen years old and a junior at Westlake School for Girls in Hollywood, Ca., is photographed in her study on March 27, 1944. While she was working in “Since You Went Away” she did her weekly lessons on the set with a teacher and in her study every evening. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

Ocasio-Cortez Takes Credit For Not Getting Any Votes In Favor Of Her Green New Deal

White House Obamacare reversal made over Cabinet objections

YouTube mom charged with 30 counts of child abuse

This is shameful. College Campuses Have Become Breeding Grounds for Anti-Semitism

U.S. House fails to override Trump veto, upholding border wall emergency

Poland Bashes Immigrants, but Quietly Takes Christian Ones

Mexican President Demands Spain, Vatican Apologize For Conquering New World

Eating in this time window ‘dramatically’ reduces chance of breast cancer: study

NOT.GOOD.LOOK.HERE. Betsy DeVos defends cutting $18M in Special Olympics funds

Coroner Reveals Cause of Death of Second Man Found Deceased in Democratic Donor’s Home

$125 million lawsuit filed against Weather Channel for ‘horrific’ crash that killed 3 during a 2017 tornado chase

‘The rex of rexes’: Paleontologists discover ‘Scotty,’ the world’s largest T. rex fossil

I thought we got rid of these. Southwest Boeing 737 Max 8 plane makes emergency landing due to reported engine problem

Netanyahu, Ilhan Omar spar over role of AIPAC’s political money: ‘It’s not about the Benjamins’

Robert Kraft pleads not guilty in solicitation of prostitution case in Florida

Trump ordered wall funding despite risks flagged by Pentagon, Shanahan says

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!