Trump Says Feds Will Review the Jussie Smollett Case

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Smollett's lawyers want focus put on brothers' role in 'attack'

U.S. President Donald Trump said the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice will look into the case of Jussie Smollett.

Said Foxx: "I understand why people are emotionally attached to what happened in this case".

The documents also call into question the claim that the check for $3,500 Smollett wrote to his trainers, Ola and Abel Osundairo, was actually for training expenses as the actor claimed. Investigators said he made the false report because he was unhappy with his pay on "Empire" and believed it would promote his career. Chicago's police union, the Fraternal Order of Police, called on the Department of Justice to investigate.

Calling the deal "an agreement", the Cook County State Attorney's Office said the charges were dropped in exchange for 16 hours of community service and the actor agreeing to forfeit his $10,000 bond.

Empire actor Jussie Smollett likely wouldn't have gone to prison even if he'd been found guilty as initially charged of staging a hate attack on himself, Chicago's top prosecutor said Wednesday after those charges were dropped. He claimed that two men yelled homophobic and racist slurs and, Smollett said, shouted "this is MAGA country".

Foxx had recused herself from the case prior to Smollett's being charged because of conversations she had about the incident with one of Smollett's relatives, according to her spokesman. Foxx then called Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to ask him to let the FBI investigate the alleged attack. "What do I think justice is?"

Now many have accused State's Attorney Kim Foxx for being the catalyst "behind the decision" to drop Smollett's charges, The Daily Mail reports.

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Smollett performed two days of community service this week and was forced to forfeit a $10,000 bond, a fraction of the more than $150,000 it reportedly cost the city to pursue this case. He has said the $5,145 paid to the brothers was for fitness training.

At Thursday's hearing, attorneys representing the news media asked that they be notified if Smollett petitions to have the case expunged. And even if there isn't, the Smollett affair should be good for an entertaining 45-minute riff at tonight's Trump rally in MI.

His hope, he said, was to finally hold Smollett accountable for the crime.

A grand jury indicted him on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct in early March.

"There were no conditions, and there was obviously no plea", Glandian said.

Jussie Smollett attends The Trevor Project's 2018 TrevorLIVE Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on 2 December, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. Emanuel said Thursday in an interview with WGN radio.

'The fact is, you're a guy, I take umbrage that you have a person sitting in the Oval Office who drew a moral equivalency in Virginia between those who were fighting bigotry and those who were perpetuating bigotry, ' Emanuel said, explaining his comment about Trump.

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