Trump Announces FBI And DOJ Probe Into Jussie Smollett

Feb 12, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; [CAPTION] during the second half at Wintrust Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nuccio DiNuzzo-USA TODAY Sports
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - FEBRUARY 21: Empire actor Jussie Smollett leaves Cook County jail after posting bond on February 21, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Smollett has been accused with arranging a homophobic, racist attac... CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - FEBRUARY 21: Empire actor Jussie Smollett leaves Cook County jail after posting bond on February 21, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Smollett has been accused with arranging a homophobic, racist attack against himself in an attempt to raise his profile because he was dissatisfied with his salary. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) MORE LESS

President Donald Trump announced Thursday morning that the FBI and Department of Justice are launching a probe into the Jussie Smollett case.

Smollett was initially indicted on 16 felony counts related to an allegedly false police report from a staged hate crimes attack. All charges against him were abruptly dropped Tuesday.

Based on a press conference soon after, Chicago police and Mayor Rahm Emanuel still believe in Smollett’s guilt.

The details surrounding why Smollett’s fate changed so drastically are still murky.

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