As the fallout of the siege of Mar-a-Lago continues, new details are emerging regarding the run-up to the FBI’s actions, and just who was involved in allowing the raid to take place.
The latest shocking development has to do with the judge who signed off on the warrant that allowed the intrusion to take place, and the company that they’ve kept in the past.
The Florida federal magistrate judge who signed off on a search warrant authorizing the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort donated to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign — months after he left the local US Attorney’s office to rep employees of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein who had received immunity in the long-running sex-trafficking investigation of the financier.Advertisement - story continues below
Sources tell The Post that Judge Bruce Reinhart approved the warrant that enabled federal agents to converge on the palatial South Florida estate on Monday in what Trump called an “unannounced raid on my home.”
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.”
And these weren’t tertiary characters in the sordid Epstein saga, either.
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.
The news is sure to pique the interest of many political observers, who’ve been keen to point out a rather sizable overlap between some of our nation’s most controversial elected officials and the now-deceased child sex trafficker.