‘Embarrassment to our nation’: Trump rips into ‘outrageous’ Jussie Smollett case


Here are some of the latest developments - and some brief background. It's the prosecution's, the state of IL that made a decision to come forward and charge Mr. Smollett with 16 counts, 16 separate counts from the same incident.

The president has also attacked the FBI's handling of the investigation into his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server for official business, including sending classified material.

Actor Jussie Smollett's attorney told NBC's "Today" show on Thursday that they are not concerned about the possibility of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice reviewing her client's case. Johnson continued. "I think this city is still owed an apology". At a news conference, he blamed the president for creating "a toxic environment" in the first place.

Telling the president to "stay out of this", Emanuel said Trump and Smollett were part of the same "vicious, toxic cycle and I want to break it". "It is a vicious, toxic environment and cycle". "My personal opinion is that you all know where I stand on this. Jussie has paid enough", Smollett's lawyers said in a statement.

In yet another unusual twist, the troubled actor's case has pitted two key figures in the former president's White House - who happen to be political heavy hitters in Chicago - against one another now that charges that Smollett faked a hate crime have been dropped.

Smollett's team is expected to release a statement Thursday to address a number of issues.

After cops talked to the men, Abel and Ola Osundairo, they let them go and determined that Smollett fabricated the story of being the victim of a hate crime.

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Smollett is best known for playing a gay musician on the Fox drama Empire.

According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times, Tchen reached out to Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx just days after Smollett reported the alleged attack.

"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett has maintained his innocence throughout the alleged Chicago hate crime hoax.

"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.

Judge LeRoy Martin says court proceedings followed the law, adding: "There's no nefariousness". "He could have said 'I don't know, '" Guthrie said.

Additional sources close to Smollett tell TMZ that his team is in crisis management mode to fix his public image, as his job offers have completely dried up since he was arrested last month for allegedly staging the attack. He claims, still, that he was attacked in January in the middle of the night by two men who not only yelled homophobic and racist things at him, but tied a rope around his neck. The move angered police, who believed in the case they helped build against Smollett through their investigation.

Material from Globe wire services was used in this report.

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