Rahm Emanuel: Jussie Smollett and Cook County Prosecutors ‘Better Get Their Stories Straight’
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel continued to express frustration with the Cook County prosecutors deciding to drop all charges against actor Jussie Smollett, after allegedly staging a hate crime against himself.
Prosecutors said dropping the charges does not mean they believe he is innocent, but it was not a priority.
“You have the state’s attorney’s office saying he’s not exonerated, he actually did commit this hoax. He’s saying he’s innocent and his words aren’t true. They better get their story straight,” Emanuel said. “This is making a fool of all of us. You know, all over the city of Chicago, George, there are signs on front yards and windows that says ‘hate has no home here.’ He turned those values upside down and inside out. He abused the city of Chicago and actually committed a crime here and lied about something and, remember, the grand jury indicted him when only seeing a portion of the evidence and he said he wanted to get his name clear. That’s what I want for him. Let’s get to the bottom of this.”
Emanuel pointed to the absurdity of Smollett “walking around with no sense of contrition, no sense of remorse and the fact is also the state’s attorney is saying he’s actually guilty of this hoax and he’s walking around saying, ‘No, I’m innocent.'”
“You say we have to get to the bottom of this and that’s exactly what I’m asking you. Is there any recourse now? Is an investigation warranted? How are we going to get to the bottom of this,” ABC George Stephanopoulos asked.
“That is a fair question because right now you’re saying two questions actually. One is given all the documents that are sealed and only a portion of it was shown to the grand jury in which they indicted him we — I would love to have everything that the Chicago Police Department collected and gathered to actually come to the conclusion, make all of that available,” Emmanuel said.
A deal was made where Smollett had to forfeit the $10,000 he posted for his bond and do less than 20 hours of community service over the weekend.
Smollett and his lawyers continue to insist he is innocent, with Smollett pledging he will continue to fight for minorities and other marginalized people.
Watch above, via ABC News.
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