Trump: FBI, DOJ Will Review 'Outrageous' Jussie Smollett Case

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice will review the Jussie Smollett case, President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday morning.

"FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!" Trump tweeted.

 

Meanwhile, the National District Attorneys Association, the largest prosecutors group in the country, has critical things to say about State's Attorney Kim Foxx's handling of the Smollett case; particularly recusing herself and not recusing her office, getting Smollett to do community service and give up his bail money, without getting him to admit that he did anything wrong, and Foxx taking advice from politically-connected friends of Smollett.

All 16 disorderly conduct charged against Smollett were dropped Tuesday in exchange for community service and forfeiture of his $10,000 bond payment.

The dismissal drew a swift backlash from the Mayor and Supt. Eddie Johnson and raised questions about why Smollett was not forced to admit what prosecutors had said they could prove in court -- that the entire episode was a publicity stunt.

Emanuel called the deal "a whitewash of justice." He spoke again Wednesday on the issue making references to Hamlet.

"Something is rotten in Denmark...It doesn't add up. As I said yesterday, nothing here adds up," he said.

When asked if the city would sue Smollett to recoup the costs spent on the case, the Mayor refused to answer.

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx on Wednesday defended the decision by her staff to drop charges that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett staged a racist, anti-gay attack in January.

Foxx recused herself before Smollett was charged last month because she had discussed the case with a Smollett family member. The case was handed to First Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Magats.

Foxx didn't directly answer the question when CBS 2 TV in Chicago asked if she believed Smollett was innocent, as Smollett has continued to contend, saying only that the matter was handled properly. She pointed to Smollett forfeiting his $10,000 bond and doing community service in return for dropping the charges. Magats has said that he does not believe Smollett is innocent and Chicago police say he faked the attack.

"I believe that the outcome -- him having to forfeit the $10,000, having to do community service, based on the allegations, and again the (low level) felony and no (criminal) background, are an outcome that we could expect with this type of case," she said.

She also insisted no one tried to intervene on Smollett's behalf, despite emails showing that Foxx was contacted by people linked to Smollett about the case.

"There was no attempt, whatsoever, to influence the outcome of this case," she said. "None whatsoever."

First Assistant State's Attorney Joe Magats, who handled the case, disagreed with the Mayor's statements.

"I can't comment as to what he thinks or what he knows," Magats told WBBM Newsradio in one of several interviews he gave Tuesday. "It was not a whitewash of justice. We looked at this case as we would other cases, other disorderly conduct cases, other cases where people have made false police reports to the Chicago Police Department and went from there. To handle it differently, or to not look at it in this vein, would have been to handle it differently than we do in other cases."

Magats insisted justice had been served: "Yes, based on all the facts and circumstances, this was the right outcome on the case. I certainly get other people feeling differently, I certainly understand that other people disagree. In the end, this was the right result."

Also Wednesday, a spokeswoman for Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said the Democrat is considering a lawmaker's request to review the prosecutors' decision to dismiss charges against Smollett.

Raoul spokeswoman Annie Thompson had no further comment Wednesday.

Republican state Rep. David McSweeney filed a resolution requesting a "comprehensive examination" of the circumstances around the Smollett case.

The House would have to approve McSweeney's resolution. Democrats outnumber Republicans 74-44. And the attorney general is not bound by such a legislative request.

State Representative Michael Mcauliffe said he plans to introduce a measure that would see the state deny film tax credits to any TV or movie production company that hires Smollett.

Defense attorneys have said Smollett's record was "wiped clean" of the 16 felony counts he'd faced.

"First of all, I want to thank my family, my friends, the incredible people of Chicago and all over the country and the world who have prayed for me, who have supported me and have shown me so much love..." Smollett said after his court hearing.

"I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. I would not be my mother's son if I was capable of one drop of what I was accused of...I am a man of faith and a man who has knowledge of my history, and I would not bring my family, our lives, or the movement through a fire like this.

"I would also like to thank the State of Illinois for attempting to do what is right. Now I would like nothing more than to just get back to work and move on with my life; but make no mistakes, I will always continue to fight for the justice, equality, and betterment of marginalized people everywhere," he said.