Surprise, Surprise: Judge Who Approved FBI Raid on Mar-a-Lago Once Represented Jeffrey Epstein Employees

Judge Bruce Reinhart represented several Epstein employees in 2008, including his "Lolita Express" pilots, his scheduler Sarah Kellen, and Nadia Marcinkova, Epstein's so-called “Yugoslavian sex slave."

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The Florida federal judge who approved the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort represented employees of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein after leaving the local US Attorney’s office over a decade ago.

Judge Bruce Reinhart signed off on the warrant authorizing the FBI’s pre-dawn raid of the former president’s Palm Beach compound Monday morning that Trump called an “unannounced raid on my home,” the New York Post reported.

Before becoming a magistrate judge in 2018, Reinhart had been a private practice attorney for 10 years, having represented several of Epstein’s employees, including Epstein’s “Lolita Express” pilots, his scheduler Sarah Kellen, and Nadia Marcinkova, Epstein’s so-called “Yugoslavian sex slave,” according to the Miami Herald.

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Reinhart had resigned from the South Florida US Attorney’s Office in 2008 to represent Epstein’s employees, and in 2011, was accused of violating Justice Department policies by leveraging inside information about Epstein’s investigation to curry favor with the billionaire pedophile.

Reinhart responded to the accusations, insisting that he never represented Epstein himself, but refused to disclose who was paying him to represent his employees.

“Even assuming I had participated ‘personally and substantially’ in the Epstein investigation [which I did not], the relevant Department of Justice regulations only prohibited me from communicating with, or appearing before, the United States on behalf of Mr. Epstein,” told the Miami Herald.

Kellen and Marcinkova were among Epstein’s top associates who were granted immunity as part of a questionable cushy 2007 deal with federal prosecutors that granted Epstein the ability to plead to state rather than federal charges, which resulted in his serving 13 months at a county jail – during which he was allowed to periodically leave – instead of doing hard prison time.

Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan cell under mysterious circumstances in 2019 while awaiting trial for sex trafficking children.

Notably, Reinhart also twice donated to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008 totaling $2,000.

During his 12 years as a federal prosecutor, Reinhart “managed a docket that covered the full spectrum of federal crimes, including narcotics, violent crimes, public corruption, financial frauds, child pornography and immigration,” the Post reported.

Two warrant applications given to Reinhart on Monday for the raid on Mar-a-Lago remain sealed, and another search warrant handed to him on Friday is also sealed.

Trump confirmed the FBI raid on his Mar-a-Lago residence on Monday, calling it a “weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024.”

“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 in a statement.

FBI was reportedly searching his property for boxes of classified documents that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) claimed in February they found after Trump took from the White House upon leaving office on January 20, 2021.

Earlier this year, Trump pushed back on NARA’s accusation, claiming “The National Archives did not ‘find’ anything, they were given, upon request, Presidential Records in an ordinary and routine process to ensure the preservation of my legacy and in accordance with the Presidential Records Act,” adding that Democrats “are in search of their next Scam.”

Trump, as president, has wide authority to declassify documents.

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