Trump supporters’ threats to judge spur democracy concerns

August 25, 2022

But for U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, the fallout from his decision to approve a search warrant has been far from routine. ADVERTISEMENTThe threats against Reinhart are part of a broader attack on law enforcement, particularly the FBI, by Trump and his allies in the aftermath of the search. “Judges should not have to fear retaliation for doing their jobs.”A phone message left in Reinhart’s chambers was not immediately returned. Trump accused the government of abuse of power in targeting him, and his supporters railed against the search online , targeting the FBI and Department of Justice. The intense focus on an individual judge like Reinhart is relatively new.