President Trump Wants FBI to Investigate Jussie Smollett Case After Charges Dropped

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

Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec and Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Carol Cratty each declined to comment. He said two masked men shouted racial and anti-gay slurs, poured bleach on him, beat him and tied a rope around his neck. But make no mistakes, I will always continue to fight for the justice, equality and betterment of marginalized people everywhere.

In the weeks since the alleged attack, the actor was arrested and charged with lying to police about a hate crime, turning him from a victim to a suspect and then a defendant within weeks.

On Tuesday all the charges against him were dropped - but the city's mayor called that move "a whitewash".

Defense attorneys said Smollett's record was "wiped clean" of the 16 felony counts related to making a false report.

Fox Television, which produces "Empire", issued a one-sentence statement late Tuesday saying only that the company was "gratified" that the charges had been dropped.

Emanuel has condemned the state's attorney for her handling of the case.

And Republican State Representative Michael McAuliffe released a statement on Tuesday announcing plans to introduce legislation this week to prohibit any production with Smollett from receiving the Illinois Film Tax Credit.

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They said hospital bosses still fired them and that others received similar treatment. Smollett ignited a media firestorm by telling police two apparent supporters of U.S.

The Chicago Police Department is also having a temper tantrum by attacking Kim Foxx, simply because the State's Attorney for Cook County and first Black woman to serve in that role allegedly called for an FBI investigation due to their constant leaks.

Smollett said he wanted "nothing more than to get back to work".

Smollett will perform community service and forfeit the remainder of his $10,000 bond to Cook County. "There were a team of lawyers, I was one of the members of that team, I did my job on my end of this matter, they did their jobs", said attorney Patricia Brown Holmes.

US President Donald Trump and actor Jussie Smollett. "No public official has the right to violate Mr. Smollett's due process rights". "We have not and will not file a motion for destruction of any records in this case".

The 61 pages were released in response to Freedom of Information Act requests from the media. Mr. Smollett forfeited his bond. Thursday morning, a handful of Chicago reporters appeared in court in an effort to gain access to documents in the public interest. Magats also said that prosecutors needed to focus their time on violent crimes in Chicago.

The disorderly conduct charge is a class 4 felony that carried a maximum sentence of three years in prison.

Foxx told WLS she understands some believe Smollett got special treatment because of his celebrity status. Smollett said the $3,500 paid to the brothers was for fitness training. She told CBS Chicago that the Smollett case was treated like "thousands of others with the same level of offense, and the same criminal background". The dismissal drew a backlash and raised the question of why Smollett was not forced to admit any wrongdoing.

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