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Don Lemon to Jussie Smollett Attorney: ‘Did Someone Potentially Very Important or Influential’ Make a Call on His Behalf?

CNN’s Don Lemon spoke with Jussie Smollett attorney Patricia Brown Holmes and asked how her client was cleared of all charges despite First Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Joseph Magats directly saying today “I do not believe he’s innocent.”

She told Lemon it only “seemed” like an airtight case because people were “inappropriately” talking to the media and leaking “incomplete and inaccurate” information.

Lemon said he was “stunned” by the press conference in which both the police superintendent and the mayor trashed Smollett.

At one point as they went through the issues surrounding the case, Lemon asked, “Did someone potentially very important or influential do a favor, make a call on Jussie’s behalf?”

Lemon referenced in part the questions about former Michelle Obama chief of staff Tina Tchen‘s reported communications with Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, asking about the idea there was “political influence here.”

“No, there was no political influence in this case,” Holmes responded.

You can watch above, via CNN.

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