The judge who signed off on the FBI’s unprecedented raid of former President Donald Trump in a desperate search for classified documents was a political donor to former President Barack Obama with ties to disgraced, deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Judge Reinhart’s record of political donations indicate that he donated $1000.00 to the campaign of presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008.
Bruce Reinhart was also closely associated with well-connected, now-deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, according to a report from Laws in Texas.
“Bruce Reinhart once quit his job as a U.S. Attorney to work for Jeffrey Epstein, the multimillionaire accused sex trafficker who was being targeted in a probe by the U.S. Attorney’s office,” the report states.
As reported in the Miami Herald on November 28, 2018: “Epstein also hired Bruce Reinhart, then an assistant U.S. attorney in South Florida, now a U.S. magistrate.”
Court records show that Reinhart left the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Jan. 1, 2008, and went to work representing Epstein’s employees on Jan. 2, 2008.
“In 2011, Reinhart was named in the Crime Victims’ Rights Act lawsuit, which accused him of violating Justice Department policies by switching sides, implying that he leveraged inside information about Epstein’s investigation to curry favor with Epstein,” the report added.
Reinhart’s authorization of the FBI’s warrant, submitted under the authority of Trump-appointed FBI Director Christopher Wray, led to a raid conducted by an estimated 30 FBI agents at former President Donald Trump’s home at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on August 8.
The search warrant, purportedly based on ‘probable cause’ to believe a crime had been committed, was executed in connection with the National Archives’ delayed receipt of 15 boxes of classified documents. The FBI allegedly believed that Donald Trump was still in possession of ‘classified’ documents. The New York Times reported:
The search, according to two people familiar with the investigation, appeared to be focused on material that Mr. Trump had brought with him to Mar-a-Lago, his private club and residence, after he left the White House. Those boxes contained many pages of classified documents, according to a person familiar with their contents.
Mr. Trump delayed returning 15 boxes of material requested by officials with the National Archives for many months, only doing so when there became a threat of action being taken to retrieve them.
As pointed out by high-powered Democrat attorney Marc Elias, who is deeply involved in 2020 election lawsuits, there appears to be a political motive behind the raid to disqualify Donald Trump from running for presidential office in 2024.
The media is missing the really, really big reason why the raid today is a potential blockbuster in American politics.👇 pic.twitter.com/3BdI9NA9Az
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) August 9, 2022
The criminal law at play is 18 USC 2071. It states that those convicted of this offense will be “disqualified from holding any office under the United States.”
However, legal scholars believe the courts would likely conclude that Section 2071 does not prevent Trump from being elected president in 2024. In a similar case in 2015 involving then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton illegal possession and destruction of classified records, the general consensus was that the law’s disqualification clause does not apply. As Reason magazine concludes:
If Trump is convicted of violating this statute, can he be disqualified from the presidency? No. And my colleague Seth Barrett Tillman wrote about this precise issue in 2015. At the time, conservative commentators, including former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, argued that Hillary Clinton could be disqualified from the presidency due to the storage of classified materials on her private email server. Seth explained that Mukasey’s argument does not work.
In any event, there is reason to believe that FBI’s witch hunt will turn up empty-handed. According to the former president’s son Eric Trump, the FBI agents cracked open a safe, only to find that was ’empty.’
“JUST spoke to Eric Trump,” Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade tweeted. “[N]othing in the safe, FBI agents 30 approx raided on behalf of nation archives… This is outrageous – has to have come from POTUS and/or someone in White House.”
“More from Eric Trump,” he continued. [W]hen Pres[ident] Trump lawyers scrambled to raid she was told to stand in corner and demanded they shut security cameras… they didn’t…my view: sounds like how they handled Manafort, Navarro, & Roger Stone…FBI out of control..White House lost their minds.”
Legal scholar Jonathan Turley points out that “it is not a given that criminal prosecution would result even if documents are found at the location. Such acts can result in prosecution but PRA violations are rarely subject to prosecution.”
As president, Donald Trump had the authority to declassify any documents in the federal government. CNN reported the Biden White House’s denial that it was given a ‘heads up’ on the raid. However, there is more than ample cause that not only did the Biden White House know about the raid, it was politically motivated to prevent Donald Trump from running for president again in 2024.
Donald Trump earlier released a statement on the FBI’s unannounced raid of his property.
“These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautful home, Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” Trump said in his statement.
“Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before,” he went on. “After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate. 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.”
“Such an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries,” Trump added. “Sadly, America has now become one of those Countries, corrupt at a level not seen before. They even broke into my safe!”
“What is the difference between this and Watergate, where operatives broke into the Democratic National Committee?” he said. “Here, in reverse, Democrats broke into the home of the 45th President of the United States.”
“The political persecution of President Donald J. Trump has been going on for years, with the now fully debunked Russia, Russia, Russia Scam, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2, and so much more, it just never ends,” the statement continued. “It is political targeting at the highest level!”
“Hillary Clinton was allowed to delete and acid wash 33,000 E-mails AFTER they were subpoenaed by Congress,” Trump said. “Absolutely nothing has happened to hold her accountable. She even took antique furniture, and other items from the White House.”
“I stood up to America’s bureaucratic corruption, I restored power to the people, and truly delivered for our Country, like we have never seen before,” he added. “The establishment hated it. Now, as they watch my endorsed candidates win big victories, and see my dominance at polls, they are trying to stop me, and the Republican Party, once more. The lawlessness, political persecution, and Witch Hunt must be exposed and stopped.”
“I will continue to fight for the American People!”
The political optics of an Obama donor signing off on an unnecessary FBI raid of a former president’s home in a desperate bid to prevent a sitting president’s rival from running for re-election adds to a long line of disgraceful conduct by the nation’s most powerful law enforcement agency. There are now calls to disband the FBI entirely, given the agency appears to be incapable of operation without a significant danger of political abuse.
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