Ever for the reason that F.B.I. searched the Mar-a-Lago property of former President Donald J. Trump for categorized paperwork, the federal choose in Florida who signed the warrant authorizing the transfer, Bruce E. Reinhart, has been thrust into the highlight.
His suggestion on Thursday that he was inclined to unseal components of the affidavit used to justify the search warrant as soon as the federal government proposed redactions solely intensified the scrutiny.
Choose Reinhart has already confronted a torrent of criticism from Republicans and change into the topic of disinformation and on-line assaults, a lot of them anti-Semitic. His approval of the search warrant, right-wing critics contend, was a partisan try and harass a former president.
Outstanding Republicans, together with Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, shortly denounced Choose Reinhart for a political donation he had made to President Barack Obama in 2008. (He has additionally donated to Republicans, together with the previous governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, throughout his presidential marketing campaign in 2015.)
However as a Justice of the Peace choose, Choose Reinhart decided typical of his tasks, based on authorized consultants, who say the job usually helps district courtroom judges with duties like reviewing warrants.
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He was sworn in as a Justice of the Peace choose for the Southern District of Florida in 2018.
After graduating from Princeton, he obtained his regulation diploma from the College of Pennsylvania in 1987.
From 1988 till 1994, he labored for the Justice Division’s public integrity part inside its legal division, based on courtroom paperwork from over a decade in the past. He then joined the Treasury Division to assist draft insurance policies for different companies conducting legal investigations.
He additionally served for 11 years as a federal prosecutor within the U.S. lawyer’s workplace for the Southern District of Florida.
His time there coincided with the investigation of Jeffrey Epstein, a rich financier who was accused of luring teenage women to his Palm Seashore mansion and sexually abusing them. Mr. Epstein was allowed to plead responsible to lesser costs and keep away from a prolonged jail sentence in a plea settlement the Justice Division later acknowledged confirmed “poor judgment.” Mr. Reinhart has denied taking part within the investigation. Shortly after leaving the Justice Division in late 2008, he went into personal apply, the place he represented a few of Mr. Epstein’s workers who had been accused of facilitating intercourse trafficking.
A kind of purchasers was Sarah Kellen, who was accused of serving to procure younger women for Mr. Epstein.
In courtroom filings, attorneys for Mr. Epstein’s victims accused Mr. Reinhart of violating Florida bar guidelines. His involvement “gave the looks” of currying favor with Mr. Epstein whereas working on the Justice Division with a purpose to reap rewards with profitable employment, a criticism stated.
Paul G. Cassell, a lawyer representing the victims who lodged a criticism about Choose Reinhart’s involvement, declined to remark. Choose Reinhart didn’t reply to a request for remark.
In courtroom filings, Mr. Reinhart denied that he had achieved something improper, stating in a sworn affidavit that he had not participated in his workplace’s investigation of Mr. Epstein and had no particular information that may assist his protection of Ms. Kellen. The false accusations, he stated, disparaged his character.
However Choose Reinhart’s critics instantly seized on his connection to Mr. Epstein, shortly inspiring disinformation about it.
Final week, in a phase on Fox Information, a bunch confirmed a manipulated photograph that appeared to indicate Choose Reinhart seated on a aircraft with Ghislaine Maxwell, Mr. Epstein’s companion who had been convicted final yr of aiding Mr. Epstein in sexually abusing minors.
(In 2019, Mr. Epstein was once more charged in New York, however was discovered useless of obvious suicide in his cell.)
The host, Brian Kilmeade, stated on Twitter a day later that the picture “wasn’t actual” and that the community was “exhibiting a meme in jest.”
However all of the scrutiny of Choose Reinhart has additionally prompted the native authorities to step up safety. His synagogue canceled a Friday night time Shabbat service final week in response to a number of antisemitic threats, and the police in his neighborhood stated officers had intensified patrols close to his home.
Likely GOP primary voters share who had best Republican debate performance: Poll
Likely Republican voters think Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had the best performance in the second Republican debate, according to a new poll.
The poll was conducted by 538/Washington Post/Ispos and asked 2,262 likely voters in the Republican primary to grade each candidate’s performance during the debate, which was hosted on Wednesday night by FOX Business in Simi Valley, California.
Prior to the debate, pollsters asked likely GOP primary voters how they thought each candidate would perform. Overall, voters thought Vivek Ramaswamy would finish ahead of the rest, closely followed by DeSantis, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.
When polled following the debate, 33% of respondents thought DeSantis performed the best during the debate, followed by Haley at 18% and Ramaswamy at 15%.
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24% of people polled thought former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie performed the worst and 20% thought the same of former Vice President Mike Pence. 11% of voters thought North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum performed the worst, and 10% thought the same of Ramaswamy.
However, support among the field was largely unchanged after the debate.
Support for DeSantis increased from 51.0% to 51.9%, Haley’s went from 34.0% to 36.4%, and Scott’s went from 24.7% to 26.5%. In the poll, support for candidates is based on the percentage of polled voters considering voting for each individual.
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Ramaswamy slightly lost support, going from 27.2% to 28.1% as well as Pence, going from 23.4% to 24.2%.
Support for Former President Donald Trump went from 63.8% to 63.9%.
The poll also asked likely Republican primary voters what issues are most important in determining their primary vote, given the option to select up to 20 issues.
“Getting inflation or increased costs under control” was considered the most important issue to 55% of voters, “Controlling immigration” was considered a priority for 40% of voters, and “Ability to beat Joe Biden” was a priority for 24% of voters.
GOP candidates outlined sweeping anti-trans agenda at presidential debate
Two Republican presidential candidates, former Vice President Mike Pence and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, vowed at Wednesday night’s debate in Simi Valley to ban gender-affirming care — and not just for trans kids, but also for adults.
None of the other five Republicans onstage criticized Pence and Ramaswamy’s proposals, which would amount to a major federal intervention in American adults’ ability to work with their doctors to decide what medical treatments are appropriate for themselves and their children.
The two candidates’ rhetoric is an indication of how far the Republican Party’s consensus on trans rights has moved in recent years. After the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, much of the national conversation around LGBTQ+ rights shifted to focus on transgender rights.
In 2016, a debate took shape over the so-called “bathroom bill” in North Carolina, which required transgender people to use public bathrooms that matched the sex assigned to them at birth. The law was eventually repealed after widespread backlash.
But since then, social conservatives have whipped up outrage and concern about gender-affirming care for trans kids. In a 2021 Fox News poll, 62% of Republicans said they saw “overly accommodating” transgender policies in schools as a major problem.
When the same question was posed to voters in April, that number had climbed to 71% of Republicans — even as only 2% of Republicans identified “wokeness/transgender issues” as the most important issue facing the country. Less than 1% of Americans identify as transgender.
In the years since the repeal of the bathroom bill, North Carolina and 21 other states have banned gender-affirming care for kids, according to Human Rights Watch — and some states, such as Oklahoma, Texas and South Carolina, have considered banning it for transgender adults. Many of the laws are entangled in legal battles.
The discussion at Wednesday night’s debate was triggered by a question that moderator and FOX News host Dana Perino posed to Ramaswamy about whether parents should be notified if their kids change their gender identity at school.
“Students … have the ability to change their identity without parental notification,” Perino said, noting that fellow candidate Chris Christie, former governor of New Jersey, had vowed to pass a law “protecting parental rights.”
“Would you do the same?” she asked.
But rather than responding to the question, Ramaswamy took aim at transgender rights more broadly.
“I have to be very clear about this: transgenderism, especially in kids, is a mental health disorder,” he said, adding, “Parents have the right to know.”
“It is not compassionate to affirm a kid’s confusion. That is not compassion; that is cruelty,” Ramaswamy said, sharing an anecdote of two people who regretted getting double mastectomies and a hysterectomy. If he becomes president, he said, he will “ban genital mutilation or chemical castration.”
Although some transgender people opt for gender-affirming medical care, many never use medication or surgery to transition. Studies have shown that few choose to detransition, or reverse the process and go back to the sex they were assigned at birth.
Former Vice President Mike Pence doubled down on Ramaswamy’s proposal.
“We’re going to pass a federal ban on transgender chemical or surgical surgery anywhere in the country,” Pence said. “We’ve got to protect our kids from this radical gender ideology agenda.”
Ramaswamy’s and Pence’s statements indicate they’d go further than former President Trump.
The frontrunner in GOP polls has said he would ban facilities that provide gender-affirming care from receiving federal funding. But since most hospitals and major medical centers depend at least in part on funds from Medicare, Medicaid or federal health and science agencies, Trump’s proposal would likely dramatically reduce access to gender-affirming care nationwide.
An April poll by NBC indicated that 79% of Republicans think the nation has “gone too far” in accepting transgender people, compared with 19% of Democrats and 50% of independent voters. In a similar poll by the Pew Research Center, 66% of Republicans said the country has has gone too far in accepting transgender people, while roughly 6 in 10 Democrats said society hasn’t gone far enough.
“No one should have their very right to exist debated on a national stage,” Ash Orr, National Center for Transgender Equality spokesperson, said in a statement Thursday. “What we saw last night was a group of extremist politicians repeating the same tired rhetoric about transgender people, unsupported by actual facts.”
“The truth is that transgender youth know who they are and deserve to be accepted, loved, and supported,” Orr added. “Research shows that the onslaught of rhetoric against our community is directly harming the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of our community.”
Orr said that political leaders should instead focus on other issues facing youth, such as underfunding of education, lack of teacher support and school shootings.
In California, several school districts have said they will notify parents if their child starts identifying differently than the gender they were assigned at birth.
In July, Chino Valley Unified School District in San Bernardino County became the first district in the state to adopt a parental notification policy, followed quickly by Murrieta Valley Unified, Temecula Valley Unified, Rocklin Unified, Anderson Union High School District and Orange Unified.
Last week, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would have asked judges in custody hearings to consider a parent’s support for their child’s gender identity.
Video: Biden Says MAGA Movement Rejects Basic Beliefs of Democracy
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Biden Says MAGA Movement Rejects Basic Beliefs of Democracy
President Biden delivered a blistering and direct attack on former President Donald J. Trump during a visit to Arizona.
There’s something dangerous happening in America now. There’s an extremist movement that does not share the basic beliefs in our democracy — the MAGA movement. Not every Republican, not even a majority of Republicans adhere to the MAGA extremist ideology. I know because I’ve been able to work with Republicans my whole career. But there’s no question that today’s Republican Party is driven and intimidated by MAGA Republican extremists. Their extreme agenda, if carried out, would fundamentally alter the institutions of American democracy as we know it. My friends, they’re not hiding their attacks. They’re openly promoting them. Attacking the free press as the enemy of the people. Attacking the rule of law as an impediment. Fomenting voter suppression and election subversion. Did you ever think we’d be having debates at your stage of your careers where banning books, banning books and burying history. Extremists in Congress more determined to shut down the government, to burn the place down than to let the people’s business be done.
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