Florida judge who approved FBI search for Mar-a-Lago faces barrage of anti-Semitic online attacks

Republicans have also criticized the judge, including Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who questioned Reinhart’s impartiality during an appearance on Fox News earlier this week when he claimed, “They found some Obama donor judge. , not even a judge, a magistrate, to give them the search warrant.”

No Republican elected official has called for violence against Reinhart, and on Friday afternoon Rubio posted on Twitter that anyone threatening violence during the search should be arrested.

Reinhart had previously donated to President Barack Obama’s campaign, but also contributed to Republican Jeb Bush when the former Florida governor ran for president during the 2016 cycle.

Major Paul Rogers of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department told POLITICO that they are “aware of the threats” and are working with federal law enforcement. The US Marshals Service, which is responsible for protecting federal judges, declined to comment in detail.

The threats against Reinhart highlight the controversial nature of Trump’s home search. On Thursday, police shot and killed a man identified as Ricky W. Shiffer in Ohio after he attempted to break into the FBI’s Cincinnati office, authorities said. The New York Times reported that an individual with an account of the same name posted on Trump’s “Truth Social” social media platform that people should kill federal agents in Florida.

Aryeh Tuchman, senior associate director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center for Extremism, said his organization is “monitoring the increased level of threat language in general and also towards the specific judge.”

“I think it’s fair to say for sure that as far as the judge is concerned, reports of vitriol against him and the synagogue have increased,” he said.

Tuchman said the synagogue to which Reinhart belongs has extra security and Temple Beth David had to cancel a field service due to concerns about violence. Synagogue officials have not returned a request for comment.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday he approved Trump’s resort search and rescinded the search warrant. He also defended federal agents and prosecutors who have been heavily criticized by Republicans and others, saying he will not “stand by when their integrity is unjustly attacked. The men and women of the FBI and the Department of Justice are dedicated, patriotic officials.”

Leading Republicans initially defended Trump, claiming that the FBI search was an example of the federal government overstepping its authority and that the Biden administration was targeting political opponents. But some have taken softer stances after it was reported that some documents could relate to nuclear weapons.

A search warrant reviewed by POLITICO indicates that federal authorities are investigating Trump for possible violations of the Espionage Act, obstruction of an investigation, and deletion or destruction of data. Some of the recovered documents were marked “TS/SCI”, one of the highest levels of classification by the government.

Few, however, have made public statements about threats against Reinhardt, even though conservatives on various social media sites and message boards have directly attacked him for being Jewish and for serving as a defense attorney for employees of the United States in 2009. convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Fox News, in particular, took a hit after airing an edited photo of Reinhart receiving a foot massage from Ghislaine Maxwell, a convicted sex trafficker and longtime companion of Epstein. On Friday, Fox News host Brian Kilmeade posted a sort of mea culpa, saying the image “never happened and we wanted to make it clear that we were showing a meme as a joke.”

“Rightists are arming the synagogue affiliation of a judge doing his job,” said Jeffrey Salkin, a rabbi and columnist for Religion News Service. “They mock the social justice obligations of contemporary Judaism. Their bigotry is appalling and I would welcome the protests of the Republican Jewish Coalition.”

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