As Americans continue to learn more about why Joe Biden’s FBI raided former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate Monday evening, more details surrounding the genesis of the raid have begun to emerge.
For instance, according to various reports, the federal magistrate judge in Florida who signed off on the search warrant took a leave of absence from a local U.S. Attorney’s office more than 10 years ago to represent employees of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein after they had gotten immunity during the lengthy probe of the now-late financier for sex trafficking.
The New York Post quoted sources that said U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart — ironically enough nominated to his post in 2018 by then-President Trump — signed off on the FBI’s warrant to search the former president’s palatial home in South Florida in what he said was an “unannounced raid on my home.”
The Post adds:
Reinhart was elevated to magistrate judge in March 2018 after 10 years in private practice. That November, the Miami Herald reported that he had represented several of Epstein’s employees — including, by Reinhart’s own admission to the outlet, Epstein’s pilots; his scheduler, Sarah Kellen; and Nadia Marcinkova, who Epstein once reportedly described as his “Yugoslavian sex slave.”
Kellen and Marcinkova were among Epstein’s lieutenants who were granted immunity as part of a controversial 2007 deal with federal prosecutors that allowed the pervert to plead guilty to state charges rather than federal crimes. Epstein wound up serving just 13 months in county jail and was granted work release.