The FBI is apparently looking into why Chicago dropped the charges against Jussie Smollett, but it’s not an official investigation yet.
BREAKING: Two law enforcement officials briefed on the matter tell @ABC the FBI is *reviewing* circumstances surrounding dismissal of criminal charges against Jussie Smollett. ABC News is told this is not an investigation. It is a “review” or “inquiry”.
— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) March 27, 2019
BREAKING: @JoshMargolin reports 2 law enforcement officials briefed on matter tell @ABC the FBI is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of criminal charges against #JussieSmollett. FBI Chicago & CPD spokesmen had no comment. SAO not immediately avail for comment
— 𝕊𝕥𝕖𝕡𝕙𝕒𝕟𝕚𝕖 𝕎𝕒𝕤𝕙 (@WashNews) March 27, 2019
The FBI is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of criminal charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, two law enforcement officials confirmed.
All 16 felony disorderly conduct counts against Smollett for allegedly lying to police were dropped Tuesday in exchange for community service and forfeiture of his $10,000 bond payment. A hearing Wednesday to expunge his criminal record has been delayed.
A spokesperson for the FBI’s Chicago office declined to comment.
On Wednesday, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx defended her office’s decision to drop all charges against Smollett, who was accused of staging a racist and homophobic attack on himself.
“I believe this is a just outcome based on the circumstances,” Foxx said.
Foxx said that the practice of dropping charges in exchange for community service and restitution is not uncommon for the Class 4 felonies that Smollett was charged with.
Hmmm. This is gonna keep dragging on and on…