On Twitter, the president called on the FBI and the Justice Department to “review” the “outrageous” case, but failed to provide more 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 office dismissed the charges against Smollett in exchange for the actor forfeiting a $10,000 bond payment to the city. Smollett did not have to admit guilt and has used the move by prosecutors to claim he has been vindicated. The decision to drop charges has been condemned by police and by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
FBI & Doj to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!
— Donald J.