On Monday, Judge Bruce Reinhart signed off the search warrant on the former President’s South Florida estate. Trump referred to it as an “unannounced raid on my home.”
The raid was conducted to find out if Trump took classified records from the White House to his mansion. A federal grand jury is also investigating Trump’s efforts to revoke the 2020 election.
Judge who sanctioned FBI raid on Trump represented employees of Jeffrey Epstein
The magistrate resigned from the local US Attorney’s office in 2008 to represent employees of convicted pedophile Epstein.
Epstein was found dead in 2019 while awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges. He had hired a network of distinguished lawyers, including former independent counsel Kenneth Starr.
Epstein had also received immunity in the sex-trafficking investigation of the financier.
According to Reinhart’s official biography, he had “managed a docket that covered the full spectrum of federal crimes, including narcotics, violent crimes, public corruption, financial frauds, child pornography and immigration,” in his 12-year tenure as a federal prosecutor.
Reinhart is one of the three federal magistrate judges working in the West Palm Beach offices of the US District Court for the Southern District Court of Florida.
The judge was assigned two warrant applications on Monday, which were entered into the court system, reported the Miami Herald.
However, they sealed information about the warrants and their targets. Reinhart also issued another warrant on Friday but its contents were confidential.
Reinhart accused of breaking Justice Department policies
The judge was accused of breaching the Justice Department’s policies through the use of private information from his previous employment to aid the private sector, Daily Mail reported. He denied all the accusations in a 2011 affidavit.
Reinhart’s ex-colleague later revealed in a 2013 court filing that he had “learned confidential, non-public information about the Epstein matter.”
He responded that the Justice Department dismissed the complaint filed against him for Epstein’s victims.
Reinhart had donated to the 2008 Obama campaign and Jeb Bush’s campaign when he ran against Trump in 2015.