The president, along with most of us in the country, is outraged over the complete dropping of charges against Jussie Smollett.
Now, Trump is taking action to bring a real resolution to the case, calling on the DOJ and FBI to investigate, which he announced on Twitter.
Now there’s a probe!
Check out the tweet:
Trump has condemned Smollett's actions in the past and will for sure be committed to bringing him to justice.
Take a look at the story:
President Donald Trump again leaned into a controversial issue that has ignited his base -- the case of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett -- when he announced Thursday that the Department of Justice would review Smollett's case after conservatives decried a prosecutor's decision Tuesday to unexpectedly drop all charges against the actor, who was accused of staging a hate crime against himself in Chicago.
"FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago," Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday morning. "It is an embarrassment to our Nation!"
The Department of Justice and the FBI declined to comment when asked about the President's tweet.
Smollett went to police in January claiming he had been attacked by two men who tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, used racial and homophobic slurs, and shouted, "This is MAGA country," a reference to Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan.
Initially reacting to Smollett's claims, Trump denounced the alleged attack, as others did, telling reporters in January, "I think that's horrible. It doesn't get worse as far as I'm concerned."
NBC Chicago had more to say:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice will review the case involving "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, President Donald Trump tweeted early Thursday.
"FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!" Trump tweeted at 6:34 a.m. CST.
Both the FBI and the Department of Justice declined to comment on the case Thursday morning, according to NBC News.
All criminal charges against Smollett were dropped Tuesday, nearly two months after the actor was accused of orchestrating a hate crime attack on himself. The surprise decision to dismiss the charges was celebrated by Smollett and his legal team and blasted by Chicago's mayor and police department, who raised questions about the circumstances of the deal.
In an appearance on "Today" Thursday, Smollett's attorney Tina Glandian said his legal team was "not at all" concerned about a potential FBI investigation into the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of charges.
"We have nothing to be concerned about because there was nothing on our end to request this, to do anything improper, and to my knowledge, nothing improper was done," Glandian said.
TIME also reported:
President Trump weighed in on the Jussie Smollett controversy Thursday and indicated that he wants the FBI and the Department of Justice to review the case.
Two days after prosecutors announced that they are dropping all charges against Smollett, who stands accused of faking a hate crime in Chicago this January, the President tweeted: “FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!”
On Wednesday, Chicago’s ABC7 reported that the FBI is looking into the the dismissal of charges against Smollett. The FBI declined to confirm the investigation to TIME.
Meanwhile, Smollett’s lawyer, Tina Glandian, said she is “not at all” concerned about an investigation of Smollett by the Department of Justice and FBI in an appearance on NBC’s Today show Thursday. She added that Smollett has been further victimized by the investigation against him and by comments by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who criticized Chicago prosecutors for dropping the charges.
“He, at this point, has been victimized much more by what’s happened afterwards than what happened that night,” said Glandian.