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jussie smollett took an unexpected turn as charges against him were unexpectedly dropped. if the actor was accused by police and the prosecutor of staging a racial and homophobic attack because he was unhappy with his compensation on the television show "empire." his attorneys say the 16 felony counts have been dismissed, the case sealed and his $10,000 bond forfeited to the city but denied that a deal was made. the prosecutors say they believe smollett lied about the attack despite dropping the charges, he says he's been truthful and consistent since day one. the chicago mayor rahm emanuel said it was a whitewash of justice. >> jussie smollett was scheduled to appear in court for 16 felony counts of lying but then in today a shocking twist, the case was suddenly dropped.
chicago's police superintendent and mayor rahm emanuel are slamming the cook county state attorney's office for suddenly dropping 16 felony counts of lying to police against actor jussie smollett. >> this is all of the name of self-promotion, this is a whitewash of justice. >> it's mr. smollett who committed this hoax, period. if he wanted to clear his name, the way to do that was in a court of law. >> in an emergency hearing, the judge granted the prosecutor's request to drop charges, in a statement the cook county attorney's office said after reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case including mr. smollett's volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the city of chicago, we believe this outcome is justice and appropriate resolution to this case. >> i have been truthful and consistent on every level since day one. i would not be my mother's son if i was capable of one drop of
what i've been accused of. >> superintendent eddie johnson said police carried out an investigation with dozens of detectives and concluded that smollett cut a $3500 check to pretend to beat him and say this is maga country. smollett says chicago's top cop is wrong. >> i have no idea where that came from which is why you should allow investigation and allow the state to investigate a charge before you go to the press. >> executive producers for the hit show cut his final character from the final two episodes of the season. now 20th century fox is standing by him writing in the statement "jussie smollett has always maintained his innocence and we are gratified that all charges against them have been dismissed." the cook county states attorney's office now said it did not exonerate him and it stands by chicago police, the
charges dropped in exchange for community service and that he forfeits that $10,000 bond. >> john: remarkable turn of events, thanks. democrats in congress are demanding attorney general william barr deliver the mueller report by april 2nd but it will be weeks, not days before he comes up with a version that can be made public. while fighting over what is in that version will continue, president trump has a theory on where the investigation began, corresponded kevin corke reports from the white house. >> president trump: this should never happen to a president again, we can't allow that. [reporter questioning] i don't want to say that but i think you know the answer. >> john: an astonishing theory on capitol hill, the genesis of the rush investigation and subsequent mueller probe may have been the work of the obama white house.
>> president trump: i think it was very high up, i think what happened was a disgrace, i don't think our country should allow this effort to happen again. >> john: the president's concern mirrors that of what happened in congress, many of whom believe the basis of the investigation deserves a much closer look and perhaps its own special counsel. republicans want to get to the bottom of how things began, democrats say they want to more closely inspect the probes finished product and they wanted by their april 2nd deadline or else. >> we have subpoena power and i don't see anything in the special counsel's regulations that would prohibit attorney general from releasing it. >> 84 page summary that may be colored by the attorney general's personal views is not adequate. the american people need to see the whole report. >> john: sources tell fox news say the attorney general believes it will take weeks to get a version of the report to capitol hill.
while adam schiff and fellow democrats want to see full report, republicans want him to resign from his post on the house intelligence committee in part because of repeated claims that evidence of collusion with the russians was in plain sight and that according to the special counsel turned out to be false. >> i think adam schiff should step down as the chairman of the house intelligence committee, he mentioned there was credible evidence he had seen and verified and after a two year lengthy investigation by a very respected prosecutor, we have no evidence of collusion. >> john: john greene is not alone in his calls for adam schiff to resign, the california congressman could be on the way out, should be on the way out says kevin mccarthy. he wants them to give up the chairmanship, so does kellyanne conway the senior advisor to the president in the white house. he's not giving up the post anytime soon. i think adam schiff is not paying much attention for the calls to him resign.
critics continue to blast much of the media for missing the mark on the mueller report, one of the loudest voices is a frequent tweeter living at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. fox news media analyst and host of media buzz howard kurtz looks at the potential hit to the media's reputation. >> anticipation building to a fever pitch. >> for two years the coverage of the robert mueller probe has been dramatic, relentless and constantly suggesting president trump's conduct was worse than watergate. >> we know that donald trump senior has lied throughout this investigation. >> this goes to the heart of everything we've been talking about, the collusion and the cover-up. >> as the investigation ends with no indictments for russian collusion or obstruction of justice, the process come under scrutiny. along with a series of high-profile mistakes.
buzz speed saying trump directed michael cohen to lie to congress and condemnations are coming from the right and the left. >> how in the world did several major news organs devote so much time to what turned out to be utterly baseless speculation. >> it was continuously on msnbc. let me say they should have their top posts on prime time go before cameras and hang their head in shame and apologize for lying to people. >> it's time for cnn to issue an apology. cnn banned me from their air because i was being too fair. >> the president tweeting the mainstream media is under fire for being corrupt and fake by pushing the russian collusion delusion, they truly are the enemy people in the real opposition party. >> i am outraged by the behavior of these networks.
no collusion. >> today, a growing media counter attack. >> don't knock reporters from "the new york times" or "the washington post" or "the wall street journal" or the broadcast networks for doing their job right. >> of course a criminal probe had to be covered, it's the volume, the tone, and the doomsday predictions that have the news business very much on the defensive. >> john: something we will be chewing over for a while. good day for stocks today, the dow jumped 141, the s&p 500 gained 20 and the nasdaq finished ahead 54. be bold but know how to pay for your ideas words from president obama. correspondent peter doocy reports on how the advice was received. >> the democrat to won on a promise of hope and change just told democratic freshman he
hopes they change their approach. he huddled with house freshman and according to "the washington post" said we as democrats shouldn't be afraid of big, bold ideas but also need to think about how those big, bold ideas will work and how you pay for them. his advice resonated with freshman congresswoman katie hill. >> he had a lot of advice about sticking to the plan. >> the feisty progressive pitches keep coming like plans to give every teacher in america a $13,500 raise for $315 billion over ten years. >> we will pay for it by adjusting the estate tax. right now it's only $11 million and we need to lower that. >> another plan made it to the senate floor for a procedural vote, the green new deal which will cost trillions a deer to implement. mitch mcconnell says he was giving presidential candidates in the chamber a chance to
support a campaign trail staple but the vote was never expected to pass. >> now they want to vote on the green new deal, we will not fall for this stunt. kirsten gillibrand voted for present. >> it sponsored, he didn't think the resolution was ready. >> we won't allow the republicans to make a mockery of our democratic process but there is nothing he could do to stop senator mike lee from taking the floor with a huge photo of aquaman. >> may i draw your attention to the 20-foot impressive sea horse he's writing. under the great new deal, this is probably hawaii's best bet. >> when critics pointed out that eliminating air travel or even meet could be unfeasible,
democrats running for president jumped to defend the green new deal but today, none of them voted to advance it so the resolution earned zero votes in the senate, just 16 short of the 60 it needed to advance. >> john: thank you. the education department is conducting a preliminary investigation into the eight universities tied to the massive college admissions and bribery scandal uncovered by operation varsity blues. the investigators are looking to determine if any of the universities violated laws or regulations governing the federal student aid financial programs. the government is seeking data going back ten years. college presidents have 30 days to comply. the department of justice wants obamacare struck down entirely. in a court filing, the trump administration calls the law unconstitutional. democrats have promised to protect the affordable care act.
our chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel reports the nearly decade-long fight continues. >> president trump: the republican party will soon be known as the party of health care. >> president trump making a bold promise during his visit to capitol hill, it's a political fight once and once again heado a political cycle. >> it's the ninth anniversary of obamacare and here we are nine years later we have close to 30 million americans with no health coverage. >> the trump administration called for all of obamacare to be eliminated after a federal judge found the individual mandate unconstitutional. the justice department concluded it has determined the district court's comprehensive opinion came to the correct conclusion and will support it on appeal. top democrats calling that using the courts to kill the law. >> the department of justice declared the entire law and all of its vital health care protections must go, make no
mistake about it. this is an escalation of the trump administration and republicans attacks on protections for people with pre-existing conditions. >> mayor pete buttigieg tweeted if the whole aca really is unconstitutional, then let's just get everyone health care like other developed countries do -- come to think of it, let's do that regardless. democrats say this will be a replay of last year's midterms. >> the message of that campaign was we need to protect american families so that they can have affordable, accessible insurance across the board. >> democrats sound either to move on after special counsel mueller did not turn up collusion. >> the doj will never stop try to destroy the affordable health care of american families. >> they've rolled out a new proposal making another attempt at trying to protect people with pre-existing conditions and hoping to lower health care
costs. >> john: president trump issued his first veto entered a house democrats try to overwrite it, how did that go? >> that was 248 to 181, they needed two-thirds support, they were 38 votes short. all democrats voted to override the veto, 14 republicans voted with them. even though it failed to get that two-thirds threshold, democratic sources say it still showed some daylight between the white house and those 14 republicans. they also say it showed house of representatives in a majority voting to overturn the president's signature priority. >> john: that was the emergency declaration to build the wall, we'll see how it fares in the courts. up next, michael avenatti is out on bail and promising to clear his name. first here's what some of our affiliates around the country are covering tonight. a local gun store owner has filed a lawsuit against the federal government because of the bump stock band that's now
in effect, the justice department outlawed them after the shooting in las vegas that killed 58 and injured hundreds. the shooter had to bump stocks on some of his weapons. with nasa having to nix the first all-female spacewalk because of a wardrobe malfunction, astronauts and mclean and christina cook were supposed to float out of the international space station together this friday but both astronauts wear the same size and there was only one space suit in that size available. this is a live look from new york from fox five, the big story rockland county will declare a state of emergency over a measles outbreak and ban unvaccinated children from public places. starting at midnight tonight. the county health department says there are 151 confirmed cases of measles and 82% of those diagnosed have not had any relevant vaccinations.
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>> john: the maker of oxycontin has agreed to a $270 million settlement with the state of oklahoma over the prescription painkillers role in the nation's deadly opioid crisis. nearly $200 million of the settlement will go toward establishing an addiction studies and treatment center at oklahoma state university in tulsa. purdue pharma is accused of downplaying the addiction risks of oxycontin and pushing doctors to increase dosages even as the dangers became known. purdue pharma has acknowledged is as considered bankruptcy because of the crush of lawsuits still unsettled. federal prosecutors have charge attorney michael avenatti with enough counts to send him to prison for the rest of his life. if he's out of prison on $300,000 bond and is bowing to clear his name. laura ingle reports on the media hungry lawyer turned defendant.
>> attorney michael avenatti attacking nike on social media one day after his arrest on federal charges of extortion. prosecutors allege avenatti threatened to reveal violations involving an amateur youth team and let the company pay him over $20 million to stay quiet. avenatti is challenging claims the corporation has been cooperating with investigators tweeting if they were cooperating with the government for over a year relating to this scandal -- they weren't, this is a lie -- where are the disclosures in their fec filing? there are none. wait until the sec begins there investigation and asks why they hid their investigation from investors. he's using the same tactics in his tweets as prosecutors contend he's making phone calls with nike while trying to get them to pay him. investigators laid out strong arm examples in criminal
complaint. he is heard saying i'm not around with this and i'm not continuing to play games. you guys know enough now to know you have a serious problem. in a meeting that was audio and video recorded by lawyers, he tried another way to get a big payout saying if nike wants to have one confidential settlement and we are done, they can buy that for 22 and a half million dollars and we are done. full confidentiality, we ride off into the sunset. avenatti was just as defiant after his court appearance in new york. >> i am highly confident that when all of the evidence is laid bare in connection with these cases, when it is all known, when due process occurs that i will be fully exonerated and justice will be done. >> he did not enter a plea yesterday and was released on $300,000 bond for both federal cases against him.
he faces up to 97 years in prison if convicted on all counts of extortion and bank and wire fraud. he has been ordered to appear in court next month. >> john: another extraordinary turn of events. up next, russia is sending military personnel to venezuela and the u.s. promises not to stand idly by. beyond our borders, norwegian officials have opened an investigation into why a cruise ship set sail into the teeth of an oncoming storm over the weekend. 500 people had to be rescued by helicopter after the engines broke down. the pilot aboard the ship told a local newspaper everything was going fine until they lost powe power. thousands gathered across syria to protest president donald trump's formal recognition of israel sovereignty over the golan heights. saudi arabia said the change will have significant negative
effects on the middle east peace process and stability in the region. daylight savings time may have run out in europe. the european parliament overwhelmingly approved the measure to abolish the twice a year time change in 2021. the proposal now goes to member states for further negotiations, clocks will still spring forward in europe this sunday. some of the other stories beyond our borders, we'll be right bac back. i switched to geico and saved hundreds. that's a win. but it's not the only reason i switched. geico's a company i can trust, with over 75 years of great savings and service. ♪ now that's a win-win. switch to geico. it's a win-win.
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♪ >> john: the mexican drug lords known as el chapo wants a new trial because of media coverage. if defense attorneys say an article in vice news reports that members of the jury repeatedly disregarded instructions to avoid media reports and twitter feeds and the such misconduct denied him his right to a fair trial. a spokesman for the u.s. attorney's office in brooklyn declined to comment. he was convicted on ten counts including murder conspiracy and faces life in prison at his june sentencing. a new migrant caravan of about 2500 people is on its way to the u.s.-mexico border, the group is in southern mexico where local governments and church groups are not handing out supplies as they did last year. this year the mexican government has stopped issuing humanitarian
visas at the border with guatemala which had given migrant's legal status while they made their way to the u.s. border. secretary of state mike pompeo announced an expansion of the ban on u.s. aid to groups that promote or provide abortions, the trump administration will deny funds to organizations that will comply with the rules themselves but give money to other organizations that do not. rich edson has the details from the state department tonight. >> this is decent, this is right. >> the state department is expanding efforts to block federal funding to groups providing abortions. >> we will enforce a strict prohibition on backdoor funding schemes and end runs around our policy, american taxpayer dollars will not be used to underwrite abortions. >> in one of his first acts, president trump reinstated a mexico city policy, a directive requiring foreign service organizations to certify they
refused to provide abortion services. to date secretary of state mike pompeo announced the u.s. is prohibiting those groups from funding other groups providing abortions. the administration is also cutting $210,000 to the commission and the organization of american states claiming lobbying for abortion activists. >> the institutions should be focused on addressing crises, not advancing the pro-abortion cause. >> the oas did not respond to a request for comment. house speaker nancy pelosi said there is no depth to the trump administration's cruelty, millions of women around the world rely on assistance and millions more will be left without care due to the shameful decision by mike pompeo. >> one need not perform abortions in order to protect people from hiv. they are fundamentally disconnected.
>> this is the second time the administration has expanded the mexico city policy, when asked if officials are looking at further restrictions a state department spokesperson said the administration has nothing more to announce. >> john: much of venezuela is once again without electricity raising the fears of more chaos in the streets there. russia is adding to the tensions by sending military personnel to the south american country. steve harrigan looks at the situation in venezuela and how the u.s. is vowing to act. >> the u.s. called the arrival of russian soldiers in venezuela a reckless escalation. mike pompeo said the u.s. will not sit idly by during a russian military buildup telling him the continued insertion of russian military personnel to support the illegitimate regime of nicolas maduro in venezuela risks the prolonging suffering of the venezuelan people.
the kremlin has not commented on the two russian air force planes, venezuela media reported were carrying 100 soldiers and 35 tons of military gear that landed in caracas saturday but language from u.s. officials has grown strident. national security advisor john bolton attacked disputed venezuelan president nicolas maduro on twitter, writing he asks for cuban and russian goons to suppress the people of venezuela. even without a cold war struggle, the situation on the ground is already desperate. a second round of power outages plunged more than half the country into darkness monday, also knocking out phone service, subways, and credit card reader readers. crucial in a country where the currency is already worthless. >> we want to work but we can't. >> maduro claims the power
outages are u.s. cyber attacks. an economy crumbling from 20 years of government mismanagement is now reeling from u.s. sanctions on oil exports, with the u.s. and 50 other nations calling for maduro's ouster and replacement by opposition leader juan guaid guaido. he can't keep the lights on but with increased backing from russia, he is hanging onto power. >> john: the wild ride in the case of jussie smollett, the initial claim of racist and anti-attacks, the all-star panel tries to make sense of it all after itit all , is his secret w. , is his secret w. the scotts turf builder program. it's the best way to get the yard you want all year long, guaranteed. all it takes is 4 feedings, with a scotts solution for every season. and with a customized plan from the scotts my lawn app,
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let off scot-free. >> i've been truthful and consistent on every level since day one. >> esther smollett is still saying he's innocent, still running down the chicago police department, how dare him. >> i would not bring my family, or the movement like this. >> john: back and forth over charges against jussie smollett being dropped, let's bring in our panel. amy walter the national editor for the cook report -- is just a remarkable turning events. let me read the attorney's office statement. if after reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case including his volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the city of chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case.
>> this is a situation that has to damage your faith in the judicial system. in this context, i think chicago, illinois -- this is a battle between kim fox who had to recuse herself from her position on this investigation and the chicago police department. this was done on a day when cpd was at an event together, they learned this was happening, this was clearly something that internal politics played a role. 18 people were killed with guns in chicago during the time this investigation was going on, using resources that could have been brought to bear on that front. jussie smollett isn't out of the woods yet, the fbi's investigation into that letter that he reportedly sent continues. david axelrod had a tweet about this, he's obviously a chicagoan but it speaks to the damage here. he said the lesson of this is
you can contrive a hate crime, make it national news, get caught, and if you are a well-connected celebrity get off for $10,000 and have your record expunged and sealed. >> john: rahm emanuel said this is a case of unequal justice and likened this to the varsity blues operation, listen here. >> you can't have because of a person's position one set of rules apply to them and another set apply to everyone else. in another way, you are seeing this play out in universities, people pay extra to get their kids a special position. >> one thing these two cases have in common is hollywood. >> no one should be surprise, well-connected, wealthy people get away with things that pork people and not well-connected people don't get away with and it's another example of this -- whether it's varsity blues or the justice system over and over again, this got an incredible amount of attention because of
who he is but there are a whole bunch of people right now who are sitting in the justice system that probably don't deserve to be there and can't afford their way out of something. there are people who are absolutely getting away from stuff. >> john: steve summa smollett's attorneys say the chicago police department blue this. >> we have nothing to say to the police department except to investigate charges and not try their cases in the press. >> unoverstepped by the police department, how does he ever get a fair trial when you have a superintendent going on "good morning america" blasting him? >> john: there are plenty of police officers and prosecutors
go on television and saying we've got this case. >> it doesn't excuse what seems to go on here but it does bring out another connection as well as being similar to the college admissions of scandal and fueling that populist sense of the system is rigged and ordinary people can't get the perks that others can come of the rich and well-connected. it reminds me of the trump-russia case for this reason -- regardless of the facts, people are invested in a narrative. they want to believe what they want to believe, there's a story they are telling regardless of the facts. from the very first details about the hats and so on it riles people up on both sides of the narrative, just as with trump and russia, regardless of what you saw in the report, people going on about how the
president colluded. i think it speaks to the way people want to believe what they want to believe. >> we have an outrage industrial complex and that's what we have going on. >> the comment in particular this was due to he was not going to be a violent offender, what do you say to the nonviolent user of drugs whose hanging out in this system right now who doesn't have the resources of someone like smollett? it's disingenuous. if it breaks down our trust in the exact kind of system that you want to have faith in, those law-enforcement systems closest to you. >> john: stay right there, coming up next trump and the democrats battle over the mueller report, you'll want to see this ♪ fight both fast tums chewy bites with gas relief all in one relief of heartburn and gas ♪ ♪ tum tum tum tums tums chewy bites with gas relief
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♪ >> president trump: i think what happened is a disgrace, we can't let it never happen again. it started low but with instructions from the higher-ups -- this should never happen to a president again. the mueller report was great, it could not of been better. it said no obstruction, no collusion, it could not have
been better. >> there was clearly evidence of collusion and i want to see the mueller report, not the barr summary for all the evidence and see how close it came to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, that's a very high bar that is used to judge. >> john: some democrats hang onto the idea that there was collusion by the trump campaign and russia despite the fact the letter sent to congress said that robert mueller found no evidence of it and we are back with our panel. democrats are saying they want to see this report released by april 2nd. barr tells lindsey graham it will take weeks. >> we've got to go through and make sure we are redacting things that are not appropriate for public view but there is a script right now, it's not surprising. democrats are going to say we need to see the whole thing.
the other thing the attorney general did lay out as president was not exonerated, republicans came out and we are now toward the end of the fund-raising period, a lot of emails from candidates saying no collusion, that is a republican line, democrats have been on this for so long, it's now send me money so i can stay here and defend the president. at the end of the day, voters have been pretty clear about this, they haven't been paying all that much attention to this certainly not as much attention to it as the cable news has been paying attention to it. they have been checked out and they were waiting and wake me up when you have an answer. >> john: there is a slight whiff of a pip it's going on capitol hill, nancy pelosi telling her caucus to be calm and this from james clyburn ear.
>> i believe the mother report has been done that's a chapter that has closed and i think last night this administration opened a new chapter when it moved to completely invalidate the affordable care act. >> john: big pipit pipit theree mueller case is closed, let's move to obamacare. >> health care is the number one issue and the president needs to remember that. one of the most interesting things that was said by the president was in response to their decision. just you watch, the republican party is going to be the party of health care, wait and see. very important but i think the
problem for the democrats is the activists, where the energy and fund-raising are, they don't want to move on at all. it reminds me of maxine waters before the midterm, she literally talked about they are trying to pivot back then. don't keep talking about impeachment and every time they tell me not to talk about impeachment i say impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, that captures what is going on with the most energetic part of the party. >> john: is there a danger for democrats to dig too deeply into this? they have that statement of ambiguity that this does not exonerate the president but if they start to call mueller on capitol hill may be he destroys at home narrative. >> i think the leadership is well aware of that and they would like to have a situation where they can milk this opportunity to say the president was not exonerated for a while. the potential of bringing up some of these witnesses to backfire on them is very real.
the left flank is where the energy is in the fact that congressman was setting around another letter on impeachment on capitol hill should indicate this is not going to go away. there is going to be a progressive drive to continue and doubled down on the idea. >> john: when you have people like john brennan saying after all the things that he said after president trump saying i guess i got some bad information, what does that due to the narrative to try to perpetuate this? >> going back to what the leadership is doing in the house, they have been clear from the beginning that we don't want to do impeachment, nancy pelosi before this came out and said we are doing impeachment unless something really big comes out from mueller, were not going to do it. unlike when republicans found themselves in the majority and speaker ryan did not have as tight control over the freedom caucus, the left wing of the democratic party in the house is not going to be able to really
drive and roll nancy pelosi on some of these issues. i think the focus on health care is the great unifier and beating donald trump is what she has going for her. >> we shouldn't let this moment pass without keeping in mind how much of a disservice john brennan did to the american people by engaging in the speculation that he did. if you think trust and faith in the american intelligence community was low before this, it's only going to go lower and this isn't going to be the end. >> john: let me get you to put your advisor's hat on, george papadopoulos has petitioned the justice department for a pardon, would you recommend he do it? >> yes. >> john: pardon george papadopoulos? >> i think it's incredibly important, everyone talks about moving on if there seems to be fairness and justice here and the way that some of these people were trapped into this
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>> john: finally tonight fishing is supposed to be a relaxing activity, but for two freshmen in australia it turned scary pretty quickly. watch. >> what is that noise? >> run. run back! run! run daniel! keep the pressure. no! it is so big. it is swallowing it. the whole thing is gone. [laughter] you thought the washington swamp
was a tough place to be. they are in australia they do swallow you hole. thank you for inviting us in your home tonight. good night from washington. "the story" starts right now. >> martha: thank you very much. all right everybody. this is "the story." brand-new developments and the crazy curveball and the jussie smollett case tonight. everyone is scratching their heads, the attorney throughout the findings of their own law enforcement and a grand jury. they dropped all the charges. good evening, i am martha maccallum. the shock of his chicago police, all 16 counts against him. you remember weeks ago the chicago police said the actor had made up the whole hate crime allegedly to advance his career. >> jussie smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career. >> martha: the police