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Appearing Thursday on CNN, Illinois State Rep. Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) discussed his plans to introduce legislation that would end tax credits to businesses that employ Empire actor Jussie Smollett, who the Chicago Police Department charges staged his own racist and homophobic attack on himself to boost his career.
A partial transcript is as follows:
BRIANNA - KEILAR - President - FBI - DOJ
BRIANNA KEILAR: Do you agree with the president that the FBI and the DOJ need to review the [Jussie Smollett] case?
MICHAEL MCAULIFFE: Well, that’s his prerogative as our chief officer, but I’m here to talk about the legislation that I plan on filing tomorrow.
BRIANNA - KEILAR - Okay - Legislation - State
BRIANNA KEILAR: Okay. In that legislation you have is to withhold state film tax credits from any production that employs Smollett. I certainly understand that you feel you have a lot of support. I know the area you represent, there are a lot of police officers there and I’m sure they are making their opinions known to you. I know you and they feel the legal system has failed to do its job, right? Is this the way to get around that? I mean, it’s a pretty unprecedented move that you’re making, so explain this to us and tell us why this is the proper route...
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