Add President Donald Trump to the list of those angered by the decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett.
On Thursday morning, two days after the shocking development in the cast against the Empire star, Trump tweeted, “FBI & [Department of Justice] to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!”
The president’s remarks come the heels of many involved with the case insisting that they still believe Smollett to be guilty of staging a hate crime against himself and lying to police about it. “I do not believe he is innocent,” said Joseph Magats, the prosecutor who made the decision. At a press conference with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson declared, “Smollett committed this hoax… Do I think justice was served? No. I think this city is still owed an apology.” Added Emanuel, “This is a whitewash of justice.”
The FBI and Department of Justice declined to comment when asked about the president’s tweet, according to CNN.
On Tuesday, the Cook County State’s Attorney office said in a statement, “After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the city of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution.”
Outside of the courtroom on Tuesday, Smollett continued to maintain his innocence: “No one will ever know how much that has meant to me, and I will forever be grateful. I want you to know that not for a moment was it in vain. 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 have been accused of. This has been an incredibly difficult time, honestly, one of the worst of my entire life. I am a man of faith and I am a man that has knowledge of my history, and I would not bring my family, our lives, our movement through a fire like this. I just wouldn’t.”