Trump Says Feds Will Review the Jussie Smollett Case

The president said the DOJ and FBI will look into the case against the actor, after all charges against him were dropped.

President Donald Trump has said that federal officials will investigate the Jussie Smollett case, after prosecutors unexpectedly dropped all 16 charges of disorderly conduct against him.

The former Empire actor had been accused of staging an attack against himself, which he blamed on racist, homophobic Trump supporters. Trump made the announcement on Twitter, calling the case “outrageous” and “an embarrassment.”

The FBI is already investigating one element of the case, regarding a threatening letter against Smollett that was addressed to Smollett and sent to the studio where Empire is filmed. The actor is suspected of sending it to himself.

Prosecutors made clear that while they dropped the charges and cleared his record, Smollett was not exonerated nor cleared of wrongdoing, and argue they could have found him guilty. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, who recused herself from the case a week prior to charges being filed because of familiarity with a potential witness, said he was unlikely to have gone to prison even if he had been found guilty.

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Smollett waves as he follows his attorney to the microphones after his court appearance at Leighton Courthouse on March 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois, where charges against him were dropped.

The decision has not only upset Trump, but also Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who has called it “a whitewash of justice,” and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

Smollett’s attorney, Patricia Brown Holmes, has accused officials of running a “smear campaign” against her client.

“We are disappointed the local authorities have continued their campaign against Jussie Smollett after the charges against him have been dropped,” she said.

“The case is closed. No public official has the right to violate Mr. Smollett’s due process rights.”

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