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Jussie Smollett Now Considered a Suspect for Allegedly Filing a False Hate-Crime Report

Jussie Smollett Now Considered a Suspect for Allegedly Filing a False Hate-Crime ReportEmbattled Empire actor Jussie Smollett is now considered a “suspect” for filing a false police report, evidence of which has been presented before a grand jury, a Chicago Police Department spokesman announced on Wednesday.> Case Update: Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony). Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury. pic.twitter.com/FhDcbBKsuU> > — Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 20, 2019The announcement came after Smollett’s attorneys met with prosecutors and detectives on Wednesday. Smollett initially told police that he was attacked outside of a Subway restaurant at around 2 a.m. on January 29 by two masked men who allegedly beat him, poured an unknown chemical on him, and placed a noose around his neck. Smollett later added that the men had yelled, “This is MAGA country” as they fled, a detail he reported only after TMZ claimed it had taken place.Chicago police announced last Friday that the focus of their investigation had “shifted” after interviewing two Nigerian brothers, one of whom worked as an extra on Empire, and both of whom claimed that Smollett had paid them to stage the attack. The brothers also told police that Smollett was motivated to stage the attack after he sent himself a threatening a letter and did not receive the attention from co-workers and fans that he believed the letter warranted.“We are not racist. We are not homophobic and we are not anti-Trump. We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens,” the brothers said in a statement provided to CBS Chicago on February 19.Smollett has repeatedly denied that he staged the attack and has maintained that he was the victim of a hate crime.Cook County state’s attorney Kim Foxx, Chicago’s top prosecutor, recused herself from the Smollett investigation on Tuesday, citing “familiarity with potential witnesses.”“Out of an abundance of caution, the decision to recuse herself was made to address potential questions of impartiality based upon familiarity with potential witnesses in the case,” spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said.Filing a false police report is a class-four felony and typically results in a prison sentence of two to ten years.



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Top US officials considered removing Trump using 25th amendment, FBI lawyers confirm

Top US officials considered removing Trump using 25th amendment, FBI lawyers confirmAn explosive claim that senior officials at the FBI and Justice Department discussed forcing Donald Trump out of office has been backed by two more witnesses in secret Congressional hearings. Former acting head of the FBI Andrew McCabe revealed earlier this week there had been conversations at the top echelons of the government about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Mr Trump after he fired FBI director James Comey in May 2017.



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Transcripts Show FBI Considered Whether Trump was ‘Following Directions’ of the Kremlin

Transcripts Show FBI Considered Whether Trump was ‘Following Directions’ of the KremlinFollowing president Trump’s firing of former FBI director James Comey, a group of senior FBI officials considered the possibility that the dismissal was executed “at the behest of” the Russian government, according to Congressional testimony obtained by CNN. Then-FBI general counsel James Baker testified last year that he and other officials considered whether Trump was “acting at the behest of [Russia] and somehow following directions, somehow executing their will,” when he fired Comey in May, 2017. The other extreme is that the President is completely innocent, and we discussed that too,” Baker told House investigators.



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Obamacare to be considered by new-look  US Supreme Court after Texas judge rules it is unconstitutional

Obamacare to be considered by new-look  US Supreme Court after Texas judge rules it is unconstitutionalAmerica's new-look conservative-leaning US Supreme Court looks set to rule next year whether to overturn Barack Obama's flagship Obamacare policy. The highest court in America is expected to consider Mr Obama's signature political legacy after a judge in Texas declared it unconstitutional. Donald Trump, who tipped the balance in the court with controversial appointments, called the Texas ruling "Great news for America!" and said Obamacare was an "unconstitutional disaster". In Texas, Judge Reed O'Connor delivered his 55-page ruling on the eve of the deadline for Americans to sign up for 2019 health insurance coverage under Obamacare. Republicans have long opposed the health care system, officially introduced by the Affordable Care Act in 2010. President Barack Obama at his final press conference in January 2017  Credit: AFP Mr Trump made abolishing the programme one of his main campaign pledges in 2016, but an attempt to repeal it in Congress failed last year. Judge O'Connor said changes to the law introduced by Mr Trump's overhaul of the tax system in 2017 had affected the legality of  Obamacare. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminated Obamacare's so-called "individual mandate" under which people who failed to sign up and pay for health insurance were subjected to a fine. Judge O'Connor ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act should now be struck down because the individual mandate had been the "keystone" of the programme. The law will remain in place pending an appeal process which is expected to reach the Supreme Court next year. Obamacare has been considered twice by the court before, in 2012 and 2015, and opponents lost. However, this will be the first time that Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the new conservative Supreme Court justice nominated by Mr Trump this year, will have an input. Brett Kavanaugh at his Senate confirmation hearing in September Credit: AP Five judges on the nine-strong court who voted for Obamacare previously are still in place. The case in Texas was brought by the administrations of 20 Republican US states, and opposed by a host of Democrat states. Nancy Pelosi, the incoming Democrat Speaker of the House of Representatives, said the ruling "exposes the monstrous endgame of Republicans' all-out assault" on people seeking affordable healthcare. She said: "This absurd ruling will be immediately appealed. Republicans are fully responsible for this cruel decision."



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Trump Organization Considered Giving Putin The Penthouse In Planned Moscow Tower

Trump Organization Considered Giving Putin The Penthouse In Planned Moscow TowerThe Trump Organization considered giving Russian President Vladimir Putin a



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Mexico Beach, FL, considered 'ground zero' of Hurricane Michael damage

Mexico Beach, FL, considered 'ground zero' of Hurricane Michael damageABC News' Chief Meterologist Ginger Zee gives eyewitness account of the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, FL.



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Mexico Beach, FL, considered 'ground zero' of Hurricane Michael damage

Mexico Beach, FL, considered 'ground zero' of Hurricane Michael damageABC News' Chief Meterologist Ginger Zee gives eyewitness account of the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, FL.



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FEMA Chief Reportedly Considered Quitting As Florence Raged In His Home State

FEMA Chief Reportedly Considered Quitting As Florence Raged In His Home StateBrock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency,



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VW Tanoak Pickup Truck "Carefully" Being Considered For The U.S.


VW Tanoak Pickup Truck "Carefully" Being Considered For The U.S.
The U.S. loves its domestic pickup trucks.



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Today Staffers Who Didn't Flirt with Matt Lauer Were Not Considered Good Colleagues: Source

Today Staffers Who Didn't Flirt with Matt Lauer Were Not Considered Good Colleagues: SourceFemale employees who did not flirt with Matt Lauer were not considered “good colleagues” by the disgraced Today co-anchor, a source with knowledge of his workplace conduct tells PEOPLE



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