Smollett’s Lawyer Says He Wants To ‘Amplify’ Trump’s Call For An FBI Probe

FILE - In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the "Empire" FYC Event in Los Angeles. Chicago police say they're interviewing two "persons of interest" who surveillance photos show w... FILE - In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the "Empire" FYC Event in Los Angeles. Chicago police say they're interviewing two "persons of interest" who surveillance photos show were in the downtown area where Smollett says he was attacked last month. A police spokesman said Thursday the two men aren't considered suspects but may have been in the area at the time Smollett says he was attacked. Smollett says two masked men shouted racial and homophobic slurs before beating him and putting a rope around his neck on Jan. 29. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) MORE LESS
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March 29, 2019 9:00 a.m.

Mark Geragos, lawyer for actor Jussie Smollett, welcomes President Donald Trump’s request for the FBI and Justice Department to probe the case, saying that he wants answers on “why they filed this case in the first place.”

According to a Thursday Daily Beast report, Geragos says he wants to “amplify” Trump’s tweet.

“I would like an investigation into why they filed this case in the first place,” Geragos said. “Why they had no corroboration in this case for what was said. And why it was that they indicted.”

The charges against Smollett, who was indicted in connection to an allegedly fake police report connected to a staged hate crime attack, were abruptly dropped Tuesday to the apparent chagrin of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanual, who seemed to think that justice was not served.

“If they want to do an investigation, I welcome it, because I think what they are going to find out, there was a lot more nefarious things going on here,” Geragos said. “I think you will find at the end of the day, that the idea that Rahm Emanuel is out there defaming my client and acting, literally unhinged. I don’t want to cast dispersions on Rahm, but there’s an old expression that it’s sometimes better to stay quiet and he should have stayed and I’ll leave it at that.”

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