Fox Plays Photoshop Games Amid News of Trump’s Possible Espionage Act Violation

The doctored picture of Judge Reinhart was on the top-rated show as news broke that former President Trump may have stolen material related to nukes

A funny thing happened on Thursday night’s Tucker Carlson Tonight, the number two-rated cable news show on the number one cable news network. Behind guest host Brian Kilmeade, who was filling in for Carlson, the show’s producers displayed an obviously photoshopped image of Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart—the judge who signed off earlier this week on a search warrant for Mar-a-Lago, former President Trump’s West Palm Beach home.

Miami Herald investigative journalist Julie K. Brown (and many others) were quick to notice that the image was doctored off a well-known image—in fact, one that was a government exhibit of late sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein and his emprisoned enabler, Ghislaine Maxwell, as they relaxed aboard a private plane.

On air, Kilmeade gave no indication to the audience that the image is fake, saying, “This is a picture of Bruce Reinhart, this is the judge in charge of the—as you know—of the warrant, and we’ll see if he’s going to release it next. He likes Oreos and whiskey.”

Reinhart’s signing of the search warrant on Monday gave FBI agents permission to raid Mar-a-Lago. While no one knows what exactly was in the search warrant, it certainly detailed what the FBI was looking for during the raid of the Florida compound. On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that agents were searching the estate for nuclear documents, among other things, and that the investigation is related to allegations that Trump took classified documents from the White House upon leaving office and brought them to his Florida home.

The Mar-a-Lago raid came about amid investigators’ concerns about the whereabouts of material the government calls “special access programs,” a denotation usually reserved for highly sensitive operations carried out by the U.S. abroad or for secretive technologies or capabilities. The New York Times reported one person briefed on the matter said the search for Trump’s documents related to “some of the most highly classified programs run by the United States.”

A Friday report from the Times, whose reporters viewed a copy of the warrant, states that the list of documents includes materials marked as top secret and meant to be viewed only in secure government facilities. Removing such materials could constitute a violation of the Espionage Act, which outlaws the unauthorized retention of national security information that could harm the nation.

According to government officials, keeping such materials in his personal home could leave Trump widely exposed to “foreign adversaries.”

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