President Trump disregards Jussie Smallett’s case, calls for a review

Jayson Oluwatimilehin

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Jayson Oluwatimilehin

The United States President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the Department of Justice will “review” the case of Jussie Smollett, who was accused of organizing phony hate crime in Chicago before prosecutors suddenly dropped the case this week.

In an early morning tweet declaring the review, Trump said the case had humiliated the country. Smollett, who is gay and black, said two men assaulted him during the evening in January, making homophobic and supremacist comments and putting a noose around his neck while yelling support for Trump.

Later on, some investigators accused Smollett of paying the two men to assault him so as to earn open compassion toward himself. Investigators dropped the charges on Tuesday, saying they remained by the allegation however that an understanding by Smollett to relinquish his $10,000 bond was an equitable result.

The county prosecutors’ decision stunned the city’s police chief, prompted the police union to demand a federal investigation and enraged Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a Democrat, who called it a “whitewash” that made a fool of the city.

Trump, a Republican, echoed those remarks early on Thursday. Trump wrote on Twitter:

Smollett, 36, says he is innocent and did not stage the attack. His spokeswoman and his lawyer did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Thursday. The Department of Justice declined to comment. The FBI has already had some involvement in the case, with agents investigating a threatening letter Smollett said he received prior to the attack, according to the Chicago Police Department.

The initial reports of two Trump supporters attacking a gay, black celebrity drew widespread sympathy for Smollett, particularly from Democrats. That faded quickly after the actor’s arrest, and the case was seized on by some as an example of what Trump likes to deride as “fake news.”

Smollett is best known for playing a gay musician on the Fox drama “Empire.” His lawyers said he hopes to move on with his acting career, but it remains unclear whether he will return to “Empire” after being written out of the last two episodes of the most recent season.

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.

Foxx recused herself from the case after acknowledging she had discussed it with a relative of Smollett.

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