The judge who reportedly signed off on the warrant for the FBI to raid Mar a Lago, Bruce E. Reinhart, has some weird ties to disgraced felon Jeffrey Epstein.
Reinhart previously defected from the U.S. Attorney’s Office to represent associates of Jeffrey Epstein. But the switch raised eyebrows. The Miami Herald said in 2018:
“On Oct 23, 2007, as federal prosecutors in South Florida were in the midst of tense negotiations to finalize a plea deal with accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, a senior prosecutor in their office was quietly laying out plans to leave the U.S. attorney’s office after 11 years.
“On that date, as emails were flying between Epstein’s lawyers and federal prosecutors, Bruce E. Reinhart, now a federal magistrate, opened a limited liability company in Florida that established what would become his new criminal defense practice.
“The stated address, according to Florida state corporate records: 250 South Australian Ave., Suite 1400.
“It was the same location, and identical suite number, as that of Epstein’s lead attorney, Jack Goldberger.
“By the end of the year, Reinhart had resigned his post in the Southern District of Florida.
“Within days, on Jan. 2, 2008, he was hired to represent several of Epstein’s accused accomplices who would later, like Epstein, receive federal immunity for allegedly trafficking underage girls.
“Reinhart’s defection was one of many highly unusual turns that the Epstein case took 12 years ago, moves that could merit examination as the multimillionaire’s controversial non-prosecution agreement is dissected in the wake of his arrest last week on sex trafficking charges.
“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 paper said.