President Donald Trump has weighed in on the Jussie Smollett saga, calling prosecutors’ choice to drop all charges against the Empire star “an embarrassment to our Nation.”
On Twitter, the president referred to as on the FBI and the Justice Division to “overview” the “outrageous” case, but failed to give extra specifics. Smollett allegedly faked a hate crime and had been indicted on 16 counts of filing a false police report.
On Tuesday morning, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s workplace dismissed the charges against Smollett in exchange for the actor forfeiting a US$10,000 bond payment to the city. Smollett did not have to admit guilt and has utilized the move by prosecutors to claim he has been vindicated. The choice to drop charges has been condemned by police and by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Trump was initially sympathetic when news broke that Smollett had been attacked by assailants who allegedly shouted racist and homophobic slurs as the tied a rope about his neck and doused him with bleach. In January, the president referred to as the alleged attack “horrible” and noted that it “does not get any worse.” As Smollett’s story started to unravel the president changed his tone. He hit back at reports that Smollett’s attackers had been wearing MAGA hats, tweeting, “What about MAGA and the tens of millions of people today you insulted with your racist and hazardous comments?”
A police investigation identified that Smollett paid brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo to stage a hate attack against himself on January 29.
Immediately after charges had been dropped this week, Smollett told the media that he had been “truthful and constant on just about every level from day a single.”
Possessing weighed in on American jurisprudence and Smollett, Trump pivoted to Morning Joe’s ratings.
“Wow, ratings for ‘Morning Joe,’ which had been definitely poor in the initially spot, just ‘tanked’ with the release of the Mueller Report,” he tweeted. “Likewise, other shows on MSNBC and CNN have gone down by as substantially as 50 per cent. Just shows, Fake News by no means wins!”
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