"[Smollett] chose to hide behind secrecy and broker a deal to circumvent the judicial system", Johnson said.
"The Chicago Police Department conducted an extensive investigation into this report". Mayor Rahm Emanuel called it a "whitewash of justice". "[Smollett] did this all in the name of self-promotion", he alleged.
Trump had tweeted about the case on Thursday morning, writing that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice would probe the circumstances of it being dropped by local prosecutors.
"It's not my place or any other person's place to judge him or what not, but I'm glad the he's nominated", Anderson said.
Smollett, who is African-American and openly gay, has said he was walking from a Subway sandwich shop to his apartment in the 300 block of East North Water Street about 2 a.m. January 29 when two men walked up, yelled racial and homophobic slurs, hit him and wrapped a noose around his neck. Prosecutors dropped the charges on Tuesday, saying they stood by the accusation but that an agreement by Smollett to forfeit his $10,000 bond was a just outcome.
Asked if she thought Smollett had lied to police, Foxx told WLS: "A court has not found him guilty", but added, "I believe, based on the facts and the evidence that was presented in the charging decision made by this office, this office believed that they could prove him guilty".
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A week before the alleged attack, Smollett told authorities he received a threatening letter at work. "Ultimately, the Chicago police investigation revealed that you knowingly filed a false police report and knowingly orchestrated your own attack".
Law Department spokesman Bill McCaffrey said enforcement of the city's false statement code amounts to a civil action, not a criminal case, carrying a maximum fine of $1,000 plus up to three times the amount of damages to the city. "I don't see Jussie Smollett as a threat to public safety", Joe Magats, the first assistant state's attorney, said. She said Smollett had hired one brother as a personal trainer but had no idea who attacked him along a Chicago street until the brothers were later identified by police. He said he was targeted because he's a famous black actor who is openly gay.
For instance, prosecutors often offer to drop drug possession charges if defendants agree to treatment and meetings, she said.
There has been no word from the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Justice Department on whether they're investigating the matter.
The National District Attorneys Association released a statement on best prosecutorial practices in high profile cases in response to Smollett's case.
Foxx told Chicago-area public radio that the chances Smollett would have gotten a prison sentence were slim.