Democratic politicians return to their initial remarks about what was originally described as a hate crime against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, after a Chicago police spokesman said over the weekend that the "trajectory of the investigation" had changed and that they no longer considered Smollett as a victim. in the case.
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When the incident was first reported last month, the Democratic presidential candidate, Cory Booker, called it a "modern lynching attempt". But on Sunday, Booker told the press that he was now refraining from commenting on the case "until all the information came from the registered sources".
Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi on January 29th tweeted that "the racist and homophobic attack" against Smollett was "an affront to our humanity". But during the weekend, the tweet of Pelosi had been deleted.
Smollett, who is black and openly gay, claimed to have been attacked by two masked men early on Jan. 29 as he was traveling to his Chicago apartment from a Subway restaurant. Smollett claimed that the men had shouted racial and anti-gay insults.
Last week, Chicago police interrogated two Nigerian brothers during the attack that was reported, but released them on Friday without charges. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the couple had given police officers information that "changed the trajectory of the investigation". According to local sources, the attack would be a hoax, although the Chicago Police Department has not confirmed it.
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"Although we are unable to confirm, deny or comment on the validity of the unofficially disclosed documents, our investigation has evolved and investigators have some follow-up to perform, including an interview with the person who reported it. Incident, "Guglielmi said Sunday.
Smollett received a wave of support from politicians and celebrities when he made public for the first time the alleged attack of January. Smollett claimed that at least one of the attackers had told him: "This is a MAGA country", in reference to President Trump's campaign slogan.
While some legislators are now backing away, others have remained silent as the story evolves rapidly. Donald Trump Jr., the president's son, called the Democrats on Twitter, who had initially spoken openly about the case, but who have said nothing since the new developments.
"I wonder if @KamalaHarris still wants #JusticeForJussie? Will she be vocal about this, or has she evolved? Trump Jr. tweeted.
Last month, Senator Harris, like Booker, called the incident "attempted lynching in modern times."
"Nobody should be afraid for his life because of his sexuality or the color of his skin," said the presidential candidate of 2020. "We must face this hatred."
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Others, such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic Representative of New York, said last month: "There are no" race accused ". This attack is not "probably" homophobic. It was a racist and homophobic attack. If you do not like what is happening in our country, then work to change it. It is no one's job to mitigate or damage the resurgence of hate crimes. "
John Dickerson, co-host of CBS This Morning, responded to Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday and asked, "Is there an update on this?
Meanwhile, Smollett's lawyers, Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, vehemently deny that the attack was a hoax.
"As a victim of a hate-motivated crime that collaborated in the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angry and devastated by recent reports that perpetrators are people with whom he is familiar, "said the lawyers in a weekend statement. victim of accusations attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone who claims otherwise is lying. "
Mike Tobin and Samuel Chamberlain of Fox News contributed to this report.