CNN Evening News for Thursday, Feb 21, 2019
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(New York: Randi Kaye) The criminal investigation in Chicago of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett with police charging him with a felony for filing a false police report reviewed; details given of the confession from the two brothers hired by Smollett. [Feb. 14, with ABC's Robin Roberts, SMOLLETT - asks who would make this up.] [Cook County state's attorney Risa LANIER- comments on the set up of the staged attack by the brothers, who also provided Smollett with drugs.] [Police Supt. Eddie JOHNSON - asks why an African American would use a noose as symbolism, that he paid for this staged attack.] Surveillance shown of the brothers buying supplies & the Smollett MAGA letter shown. The various evidence police have about Smollett's dealings with the brothers discussed; scenes shown of Smollett leaving the courthouse.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) A statement on behalf of Smollett quoted. Live discussion held with CNN's "New York Times" Charles Blow & legal analyst Paul Callan about the Smollett case. [BLOW - offers views on how Jussie had something he wanted to say if he has any defense, the police manhours being put into this case, how President Trump was involved.] [CALLAN - offers views on the aggressive defense in light of a pile of evidence with some crazy contentions being made, the state & federal penalties for this crime.]