Donald Trump’s attorney demands to know why judge who signed warrant green-lighting FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid RECUSED himself from overseeing Trump’s lawsuit against Hillary
- During an appearance on ‘Jesse Watters Primetime,’ Donald Trump’s lawyer Alina Habba continued her attacks on those who orchestrated the Mar-a-Lago raid
- Habba said that the feds were in contact with Trump as recently as June and knew about the documents that were stored at the Florida estate
- The lawyer went on to ask why the judge who signed the warrant, Judge Bruce Reinhart, is involved in this case but recused himself from another Trump case
- Reinhart recused himself from a lawsuit being brought by Trump against Hillary Clinton over impartiality concerns
Ex-president Donald Trump‘s go to personal lawyer Alina Habba has continued her offensive against officials who orchestrated the FBI‘s raid on Mar-a-Lago on Monday.
‘They needed a little drama, so they throw this out there. They go to the judge that had recused himself in my Hillary case a month ago,’ Habba told Fox News host Jesse Watters during an appearance Friday.
‘I would like to know why he recused himself in that case, but then he was able to sign this warrant. I want to know that.’
Habba was referencing the fact that on June 22, magistrate Judge Bruce W. Reinhart recused himself from a lawsuit involving Trump and Hillary Clinton.
The 45th president is suing Clinton and other prominent Democrats over Russia collusion allegations.
Six weeks after that recusal, Judge Reinhart signed the warrant authorizing the feds to search Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
During an appearance on ‘Jesse Watters Primetime,’ Alina Habba described Trump’s nonchalant response to Monday’s FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago
Judge Bruce Reinhart has come under scrutiny for his past political opinions and work as a defense attorney
In his recusal, the magistrate wrote: ‘The undersigned Magistrate Judge, to whom the above-styled cause has been assigned, hereby recuses himself and refers the case to the Clerk of Court for reassignment pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 455.’
According to the specific code: ‘Any justice, judge, or magistrate judge of the United States shall disqualify himself in any in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.’
The judge did not specify what disqualified him from overseeing the lawsuit.
Earlier this week, Habba, along with fellow Trump lawyer Christina Bobb, accused the FBI of planting evidence during Monday’s raid.
Habba described Trump’s reaction to the raid saying: ‘He’s like, “Oh, it’s a Monday, Alina. It’s a Monday in Trump world.” Honestly, nothing. He was confused as to why they were there. He had just seen them in June.’
Trump’s top lawyer continued: ‘They had said, “Everything’s fine, but could you put another lock on it? We’ll be good.” You know what? In my opinion, the Jan. 6 ratings — the show of Jan. 6 — hasn’t been going so well.’
Trump is under investigation for obstruction of justice and violating the Espionage Act
Earlier this week, Habba, along with fellow Trump lawyer Christina Bobb, accused the FBI of planting evidence during Monday’s raid
Habba said in a Fox News interview that she was ‘concerned that they may have planted something. You know, at this point, who knows? I don’t trust the government and that’s a very frightening thing as an American’
Habba said in a Fox News interview that she was ‘concerned that they may have planted something. You know, at this point, who knows? I don’t trust the government and that’s a very frightening thing as an American.’
While on her Truth Social page, Habba has made multiple attacks on Judge Reinhart.
Watters joked with Habba later in the interview asking if Trump himself had packed any of the boxes that the FBI searched during the raid.
Trump watched the raid live from Trump Tower in New York via the security camera feeds in his Florida home, Bobb said during an interview with the right-wing media network Real America’s Voice earlier Friday. Bobb joked that the Trumps probably had a better view than she did, and she was at Mar-a-Lago when the raid took place.
Habba also said in her Friday appearance: ‘So explain to me, why you tell someone to put an extra lock on, leave for almost two months, get a warrant, sit for a weekend, have a cocktail and then show-up again, guns a blazing?’ Not even informing the local police, which is normal course. He wasn’t even there. It makes no sense.’
Multiple news outlets have published articles detailing Judge Reinhart’s past as a defense attorney, which included a stint working for pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, and making political donations to Barack Obama.
Trump is under investigation for obstruction of justice and violating the Espionage Act, according to the newly unsealed search warrant showing the FBI retrieved 11 sets of classified documents from Mar-a-Lago.
Former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home was raided by federal agents on Monday
The former president insisted Friday that everything was ‘declassified’ and agents ‘didn’t need to seize anything.’
Some of the documents were marked ‘top secret’ and are meant to be kept in specialized government facilities, according to a copy of the warrant.
The FBI would have needed to prove reasonable suspicion that Trump committed a crime in holding on to the documents – criminal statutes cited in the warrant include espionage, removal of records and obstruction of justice.
Violations of the Espionage Act could include: harboring or concealing persons, gathering, transmitting or losing defense information, gathering or delivering defense information to aid a foreign government, or disclosure of classified information.
The 11 sensitive items included miscellaneous documents labeled ‘secret,’ ‘top secret’ and ‘confidential.’
Agents recovered 20 boxes in total from the Florida estate, with the rest including handwritten notes, photo binders, the grant of clemency of Roger Stone and a file with information on the President of France.
DailyMail.com obtained a copy of the warrant and receipts before it was unsealed by a Florida magistrate judge Friday afternoon.
The warrant gave FBI agents permission to search in Trump’s office and all storage areas on the premises, and states four sets of top secret documents, three sets of secret documents, and three sets of confidential documents were retrieved.
Trump’s attorneys now also claim former President Trump declassified the documents before he left office. A president has the power to declassify any document, but there is a strict federal procedure for doing so.