Trump says Justice Department to review Jussie Smollett case

FILE- This image provided by the Chicago Police Department and taken from surveillance video shows two people of interest in an attack on

All charges against Smollett, who was accused of staging an assault on himself in Chicago, were dropped on Tuesday after the "Empire" actor forfeited his bail money and did community service. "Why are we so easy to believe strangers over people we know?" "We're weighing our options", she said on Good Morning America.

She says Smollett is a crime victim and "just wants his life back".

The dropping of charges against the actor has sparked swift backlash from various groups and accusations from his attorney of a "smear campaign" by the Chicago Police Department.

Smollett claims that on January 29, masked white attackers wearing MAGA hats had screamed, "This is MAGA country!" before seizing him, putting a noose around his neck, and pouring an unknown bleach-scented liquid on him.

About an hour after the department released the files, the Chicago Police reportedly became subject of a court order that barred them from releasing further files even though they were widely available online.

Although the charges against Smollett were dropped, Foxx said in an interview with CNN affiliate WLS that she had confidence that her office could have proved him guilty.

Smollett had been accused of faking a hate crime by paying two brothers to attack him.

It is unclear where he was going or if he will continue with Empire, the Fox show he is a part of and makes more than $1million a series for.

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Glandian admitted that Smollett did speak with the brothers and she did not deny the existence of the check.

Emanuel said he would like to see records from the police investigation into the alleged attack made public.

Police brought the Osundairo brothers to a court building February 20 - one day before Smollett would ultimately be charged - to testify before a grand jury. They testified before a grand jury.

Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts for filing that report. Unearthed evidence included receipts showing the brothers buying the rope used in the attack and a check Smollett gave them. "Jussie Smollett is neither one of those".

In an interview with AP earlier this month, she said the brothers regretted their involvement. This was because reporters, having figured out who the Osundairos were, had been looking for them after they were released.

"The Osundairo brothers said a few times that the $3,500 check they received was for exactly what Jussie said. They were his trainers", Holmes said.

"There was no attempt, whatsoever, to influence the outcome of this case", she said.

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