Donald Trump calls on FBI, DOJ to review 'outrageous' Jussie Smollett case

Tanya Cunningham
March 29, 2019

In an interview with WGN News Thursday morning, Chicago's mayor, Rahm Emanuel, said that he and the Chicago Police Department are compiling a bill to send to "Empire" star Jussie Smollett so that he can reimburse the city for the cost of investigating his alleged hate crime.

Cook County prosecutors on Tuesday dropped all of the charges against Smollett, who was accused of lying to police about being the victim of a homophobic and racist attack in downtown Chicago on January 29. Investigators alleged Smollett staged the attack with the hopes of gaining attention and advancing his career.

Smollett's statement came after Emanuel said at a Thursday press conference that the actor should "pay the city back". She said Smollett had hired one brother as a personal trainer but had no idea who attacked him along a Chicago street until the brothers were later identified by police.

Hours earlier, Donald Trump tweeted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice would review the "outrageous" case, calling it an "embarrassment" to the country.

Meantime, Smollett's attorney, Patricia Brown Holmes, has accused the Chicago Police Department of running a "smear campaign" against her client.

Prosecutors announced on March 26 that 16 felony counts filed against Smollett for filing a false police report were dropped because the actor completed 16 hours of community service and forfeited his $10,000 bond to the city.

On the "Today" show, Smollett's lawyer Tina Glandian, continued to insist the attack on the "Empire" actor was not a hoax and the dismissal of the charges against Smollett was justified.

Although the charges against Smollett were dropped, Foxx told CNN affiliate WLS that she was confident her office could have proved him guilty.

Martin took the opportunity to read off the text of state laws that allow for "immediate sealing" of criminal cases that have been closed out and to assure that no records in the case would be destroyed.

"Through the repeated misleading and deceptive statements to the public on IL law and circumstances surrounding the Smollett dismissal, the State's Attorney has failed in her most fundamental ethical obligations to the public", the state group said.

When Jussie Smollett's charges were dropped, some celebs - like Questlove and Ava DuVernay - celebrated, while others, like President Donald Trump, called the decision an 'embarrassment'.

Chicago's chief prosecutor, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, has defended her office's decision as proportionate to what she described as relatively minor charges, saying that even if Smollett had been convicted he would likely not have faced prison time.

In an elaborate hoax, the actor claimed that masked men shouted racial abuse at him and put a noose around his neck while shouting pro-Trump slogans.

Foxx defended her office's decision to drop the charges. "I don't see Jussie Smollett as a threat to public safety", Joe Magats, the first assistant state's attorney, said.

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