Jenny Beth Martin, the founder of The Tea Party Patriots Action group, told Steve Bannon this week that she was looking for a creative way to help President Donald J. Trump with a corrupt FBI political raid of his family home in Florida that happened earlier in August and shocked the nation.
Martin appeared on the War Room program to report to Bannon her group’s action in trying to get the magistrate who signed off on the FBI raid removed from his position, explaining that her request is not all that rare in cases with conflicts like the ones that are apparent in Trump’s case.
“We filed a complaint against a Magistrate Judge who issued the search warrant for President Trump’s Mar-A-Lago, residence. And what the complaint does is outline the problem. So we think that the judge should have caused him to recuse himself. So now we’re asking for the chief judge of the eleventh circuit to discipline the Magistrate, Judge Reinhardt, and really we actually want him removed from his judgeship at this point.
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He posted things about President Trump on social media, and even in June of this year, he recused himself from a case involving Hillary Clinton because of a conflict of interest; he’s donated to Democrats. He donated to Jeb Bush against Donald Trump back in 2016.
He’s not unbiased, and he should not have been presiding over this; he should have recused himself already,” Martin told Bannon.
Bannon responded to Martin and said: “I’ve never heard of this, so you’re filing a complaint in a real Court. In a federal court against this magistrate. This is the first I’ve heard of somebody coming from an outside group filing a complaint against a magistrate in another case or a case unrelated to you; you’re not party.”
Martin responded to Bannon: “There were 1282 such complaints filed last year in 2021. Most of them don’t wind up going where we want them to go against this judge. Likely because the case is already resolved and the judge is no longer involved. Or because there’s not enough evidence.
But when we filed the complaint, we listed the concerns we had. We included articles and documents with the issues that we were saying were problematic. In the complaint, we filed it in Atlanta in the 11th circuit. And honestly, when my attorneys filed it, they said we don’t know; this isn’t something we’ve done before, so we don’t know exactly what’s going to happen next.”
“In the lengthy complaint, which was filed with the Judicial Council of the 11th Circuit Court, Tea Party Patriots CEO Jenny Beth Martin argued that Reinhart has it in for the former president which is why he should not have been involved at all in approving the warrant,” Jon Doughtery reported for Conservative Brief.
“Judge Reinhart has a conflict of interest and a pattern and history of hostility to President Trump,” said the filing. It went on to include a number of instances where Reinhart attacked Trump on social media as well as documenting his financial donations to critics of the 45th president including Barack Obama and one of Trump’s 2016 GOP challengers, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, according to the Washington Examiner.
“Judge Reinhart should be disciplined and removed as a federal magistrate because of his failure to meet the standards of ethical conduct and character necessary for the public to have confidence in the nonpartisan role of a judge in a matter of this extreme public interest,” says the sixth of seven charges listed in the ethics complaint, the outlet reported, adding:
In the meantime, critics of his earlier action to OK the search for classified documents inside the resort have dug up ample evidence of Reinhart’s anti-Trump liberal past, including donations and social media attacks. Martin also cited a case involving Hillary Clinton in which Reinhart recused himself as an example that he should have followed in the Mar-a-Lago case.
“The entire episode of the unprecedented search of the former president’s home, authorized by a political appointee of President Trump’s successor, and approved by a federal magistrate who has been outspoken in his opposition to and loathing of President Trump threatens the principle of ‘equal justice under law’ and the confidence of the American people in an unbiased judiciary,” the complaint added.
Martin told Bannon that the press release about her filing contained all of the documentation that was filed to support her claims and request. That press release can be found at TeaPartyPatriots.org
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden issued a direct response on Wednesday when asked about the FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate earlier this month.
During an event at the White House, Biden announced his student loan forgiveness plan and then took a few questions from reporters,
“How much advance notice did you have of the FBI’s plan to raid Mar-a-Lago?” Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked Biden.
“I didn’t have any advance notice. None. Zero. Not one single bit,” Biden said before turning around and walking away.
DOOCY: How much advance notice did you have of the FBI's plan to raid Mar-a-Lago?
BIDEN: "I didn't have any advance notice. None. Zero. Not one single bit." pic.twitter.com/axN2PhoSSv
— Danny De Urbina (@dannydeurbina) August 24, 2022