Judge Nap: Trump Is Right That Smollett Case Is 'National Embarrassment,' Needs to Be Reviewed
President Trump on Thursday morning tweeted that the FBI and Justice Department will review the "outrageous" Jussie Smollett case.
"It is an embarrassment to our Nation!" Trump wrote, just two days after the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said it will not be prosecuting the "Empire" actor, who was previously accused of fabricating a hate crime in Chicago in order to boost his career.
FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2019
Smollett -- who has maintained his innocence -- previously pleaded "not guilty" to 16 counts of disorderly conduct stemming from the alleged incident in which he claimed two men beat him, poured bleach on him and placed a noose around his neck before yelling, "This is MAGA country."
After prosecutors surprisingly dropped the charges, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson condemned the decision, and the Chicago Police Department released the full investigative report.
On "Fox & Friends" Thursday, Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said Trump is "100-percent correct" that the Smollett saga has been a national embarrassment.
"It involves law enforcement and potential corruption. I don't mean cash in somebody's pocket. I mean doing something for the wrong reason as a political favor," Napolitano said. "That's an improper use of government authority. And it needs to be investigated."
He said the FBI and DOJ can continue investigating if Smollett committed mail fraud by allegedly mailing a fraudulent threatening letter to himself, but as for the dropped charges of lying to police about the alleged hate crime, Smollett is "home free."
Napolitano said Trump likely wants the FBI and DOJ to investigate Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, who is facing questions about whether she properly recused herself and her office from the case.
"Either you're in or you're out. And if you have a conflict, you have to get out. Was that an act of corruption? And if so, was anybody's civil rights violated by it?" Napolitano explained.
Watch more from the judge above.