On Thursday morning, Trump tweeted that how the case was handled “is an embarrassment to our nation.”
"FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago," he wrote. "It is an embarrassment to our nation!"
In response, Emanuel had a message for the president, saying, “Sit this one out. We don’t need you. Especially, given that you don't know how the criminal justice system works and given what happened."
On the “Today” show, Smollett's lawyer Tina Glandian,continued to insist the attack on the “Empire” actor was not a hoax and the dismissal of the charges against Smollett was justified. She said Smollett did not pay anyone to beat him up, as police had alleged.
“This wasn’t a very brutal attack, obviously, it was frightening and is something he did not deserve,” Glandian said. “He, at this point, again has been victimized much more by what’s happened afterward than what happened that night.”
Smollett left Chicago Wednesday night and arrived at Los Angeles International Airport with the storm of controversy following him.
He's believed to be in Los Angeles to attend Saturday’s NAACP Image Awards, where he's nominated for his work on “Empire.”
Smollett was tight-lipped the entire time as he walked through the airport with a bodyguard.
“My fans already know how much I love them,” he eventually told reporters.