Thursday, 28 March 2019
President Donald Trump weighed in on the contentious Jussie Smollett case Thursday morning
'FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!' Trump wrote.
His tweet followed reports that the feds were already reviewing the case.
Local prosecutors announced Tuesday they were dropping charges after obtained a grand jury indictment on charges that he staged an attack on himself to make it appear he was a victim of a hate crime.
The president has frequently engaged in other high-profile cases and controversies around the country, including those infused with racial elements. The president has taken a prominent stand in the case of NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem.
In the case of Smollett, Trump jumped into a controversy that from initial reports came appeared to be a hate crime in a city where Trump has frequently pointed to violence and shootings, involving an actor whose show airs on the president's favorite network, Fox.
When Trump was first asked about it in the Oval Office in January, when the facts were still emerging, he called it 'horrible.'
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the prosecutor's decision a 'whitewash of justice' Tuesday, and surrounded himself with law enforcement officers who worked to gather evidence in the case.
A smirking Jussie Smollett quit Chicago Wednesday leaving behind a city at war over the decision to drop all charges against him.