Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart had full authority to sign off on the search warrant for former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence and didn’t need to kick this up to a supervising federal district judge despite its unprecedented nature, according to legal experts.
Never before had a search warrant been issued against a former president’s home until Monday, when more than 30 FBI agents stormed Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. According to reports, they were looking for confidential documents Mr. Trump reportedly took from the White House.
“He publicly tweeted personal criticism about President Trump’s character in 2017 before he became a magistrate judge in 2018. Magistrate Judge Reinhart just recused from a civil lawsuit from President Trump against Hillary Clinton six weeks ago,” said Mike Davis, president of the Article III Project. “How did his bias go away in the last six weeks?”
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