Trump says Justice Department to review Jussie Smollett case


The Smollett saga began in January when the actor, who is black and gay, said two men had attacked him on a Chicago street, putting a noose around his neck and shouting racist and homophobic slurs.

Soon after, Smollett was charged with filing a false police report of the attack.

Again Wednesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel criticized prosecutors, saying that dropping charges made no sense.

An organization that represents about 2,700 prosecutors' offices around the country is slamming Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx in Chicago for her actions in the Jussie Smollett case.

She admits she is delighted charges against Jussie Smollett have been dropped.

On Tuesday, the IL state attorney's office suddenly dropped the charges and his record was wiped clean, his lawyers said.

"A lot of valuable Chicago Police Department (CPD) man hours and resources were wasted chasing down a bogus crime arranged by Smollett", McAuliffe said in the statement.

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Associates and friends of Jussie Smollett are reacting to the news that all charges against the actor have been dropped.

The 61 pages were released in response to Freedom of Information Act requests from the media and do not appear to offer many major revelations about what investigators allege was Smollett's hoax. She said they discussed training and nutrition as Smollett was waiting on a delayed flight to Chicago.

"The Osundairo brothers said a few times that the $5,145 cheque they received was for exactly what Jussie said". And it's unfortunate. I don't know that kid, I wish him nothing but the best.

The two brothers were initially drawn into the investigation after police released grainy images of two "persons of interest" in the area the night of the attack.

Tchen put one of Smollett's relatives in touch with Foxx.

"The police department is saying 'We had enough evidence, ' the prosecution is saying, 'He's not exonerated, we believed in our case, ' and Jussie's saying, 'I did nothing wrong, I told the truth.' So what the heck happened?" she asked. Police had found that bottle on February 7 during their investigation, the reports say. He had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges, and yesterday insisted, "I have been truthful and consistent on every level from day one".

Glandian may wish to brush the Smollett hate hoax under the rug, but Chicago police and the American people will not quickly forget.