Fact Check: The judge responsible for issuing a warrant to search Trump’s residence was photographed on private plane with Ghislaine Maxwell.

Fact Check: The judge responsible for issuing a warrant to search Trump’s residence was photographed on private plane with Ghislaine Maxwell.

By Sam.D

The image circulating that depicts Judge Bruce Reinhart with Ghislane Maxwell is doctored and there is no evidence the two have met.

Context: 

An image has been circulating on social media that purports to show Judge Bruce Reinhart with Ghislaine Maxwell on a private plane. In this image, the judge is portrayed receiving a foot massage from Maxwell, who was convicted of sex trafficking by a US court in December 2021. This image received attention beyond social media when it was shown on an episode of Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show, which at the time was being guest hosted by Brian Kilmeade. 

Judge Reinhart was responsible for approving a search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in August 2022, following concerns related to the former president’s handling of official records. Commentators on social media have suggested that the judge’s purported association with Maxwell bring into question his impartiality and the basis upon which he approved this action. 

In Fact: 

The image being circulated is a doctored version of a photograph taken of Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstien. The original image was introduced as evidence in Maxwell’s 2021 trial, during which an FBI agent testified that it had been found during a search of Epstein’s New York residence. Neither the FBI nor prosecutors offered a definitive date at which the photograph was taken. 

Since broadcast, Brian Kilmeade has publicly stated that the image shown on Fox News was doctored, tweeting: 

“Last night while subbing for Tucker Carlson, we showed you an image of Judge Bruce Reinhart w/ Ghislaine Maxwell that was sourced on screen to a meme pulled from Twitter & wasn’t real. This depiction never took place & we wanted to make clear that we were showing a meme in jest.” 

There is no evidence that Judge Reinhart has ever met or been associated with either Ghislaine Maxwell or Jeffrey Epstien.  

The Verdict: 

The image showing Judge Bruce Reinhart on a plane with Ghislaine Maxwell is a doctored photograph of Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein. There is no evidence that any such encounter took place. 

Source: Logically.

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