Imagine our shocked faces when CNN went out on a limb and reported that Chicago police believe that “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett — wait for it — paid two men to orchestrate the alleged hate crime.

No way.

If CNN is going on record after leaving all the difficult work to local TV newsmen in Chicago, its sources must be pretty solid. CNN reports:

Two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation told CNN that Chicago Police believe Jussie Smollett paid two men to orchestrate the assault.

The brothers, who were arrested Wednesday, were released without charges Friday after Chicago police cited the discovery of “new evidence.” The sources told CNN that the two men are now cooperating fully with law enforcement.

This seems to be the “new evidence” police have been talking about:

Chicago police have been going out of their way to say that Smollett is still being considered a victim; however, they’ve reportedly told his attorney they’d like to talk with him again in light of this new evidence.

Hmm … is CNN suggesting that the alleged racist and homophobic hate crime by two assailants with a noose yelling “This is MAGA Country!” was a setup this whole time?

He makes his own fake news!

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