The federal judge who green-lit the raid at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence has been revealed to have donated to former President Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and victory fund.
Florida federal Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart donated $1,000 to Obama's 2008 campaign and $1,000 more to the Victory Fund, federal filings show. He also donated $500 to Jeb Bush's failed 2016 presidential campaign, according to Fox News.
Reinhart did not respond to a comment from Fox News.
It was revealed on Tuesday that Reinhart was once a lawyer connected to infamous multimillionaire and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Prior to being sworn in as a US Magistrate Judge in 2018, Reinhart served in private practice for a decade, as well as Assistant US Attorney in West Palm Beach from 1996 to 2008, and served as a Trial Attorney in the Public Integrity Section of the US Department of Justice from 1988 to 1996. He left his position in 2008 to represent Epstein's accomplices, who would later go on to receive federal immunity for allegedly trafficking underage girls.
In a 2011 sworn affidavit submitted as part of a civil case, Reinhart denied that he did any actions considered unethical and improper, and assured that he was not part of the team involved in Epstein’s investigation during his time as an assistant US attorney, therefore he did not revise any confidential information regarding the case.
According to the New York Post, the Epstein employees that Reinhart represented included Epstein’s pilots, his scheduler Sarah Kellen, and Nadia Marcinkova.
FBI agents raided Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence on Monday evening. He released a statement saying, "These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents. Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before."
"After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate," he said.
"It is prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024, especially based on recent polls, and who will likewise do anything to stop Republicans and Conservatives in the upcoming Midterm Elections."
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