Obama Appointed Judge Mysteriously Recuses Himself From Michael Flynn Case

Judge Rudolph Contreras

The case against former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn has taken a strange turn, as U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras abruptly recused himself Thursday night with no explanation. Contreras is an Obama appointee who also sat on the FISA court while the Trump team was under surveillance by the Obama administration. Judge Emmet Sullivan, an Bill Clinton appointee, was randomly assigned to take over the case after Contreras' recusal. 

Of note, Contreras was appointed to the FISA court on May 19, 2016 - before the warrant to surveil one-time Trump advisor Carter Page was issued "in the summer" of 2016. It is unknown whether or not Contreras was involved in the decision, or whether he was involved in surveillance on Michael Flynn.

In fact every single FISA Court judge was appointed during the Obama administration: 

Michael Flynn pleaded guilty last Friday to a false statement charge brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office in relation to the Trump-Russia investigation. The retired Army lieutenant general and director of the Defense Intelligence Agency was fired 24 days into his role as National Security Advisor for lying about his meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn also admitted to lying about his dealings with Turkey as a private lobbyist. 

The case against Flynn, however, is not so straightforward. As Robert Parry pointed out last week:

"What is arguably most disturbing about this case is that then-National Security Adviser Flynn was pushed into a perjury trap by Obama administration holdovers at the Justice Department who concocted an unorthodox legal rationale for subjecting Flynn to an FBI interrogation four days after he took office, testing Flynns recollection of the conversations while the FBI agents had transcripts of the calls intercepted by the National Security Agency.


In other words, the Justice Department wasnt seeking information about what Flynn said to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak the intelligence agencies already had that information. Instead, Flynn was being quizzed on his precise recollection of the conversations and nailed for lying when his recollections deviated from the transcripts."

Parry continues; "Then, just four days into the Trump presidency, an Obama holdover, then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates, primed the Flynn perjury trap by coming up with a novel legal theory that Flynn although the national security adviser-designate at the time of his late December phone calls with Kislyak was violating the 1799 Logan Act, which prohibits private citizens from interfering with U.S. foreign policy."

The Logan Act, however, was never intended to apply to incoming officials in the transition period - and in the past 218 years, has resulted in no successful prosecution. 

Yates then performed mental gymnastics based on her Logan Act theory to assert that Flynn's deviation from the transcript of the intercepts meant he might be vulnerable to Russian blackmail. 

This, as Parry points out, would require that the Russians first would have detected the discrepancies; secondly, they would have naively assumed that the U.S. intelligence agencies had not intercepted the conversations, which would have negated any blackmail potential; and thirdly, the Russians would have to do something so ridiculously heavy-handed trying to blackmail Flynn that it would poison relations with the new Trump administration.

In other words, Michael Flynn was surveilled under a FISA warrant, then set up to fail by Sally Yates when he deviated from the transcripts of his intercepted conversations. And the judge overseeing his case, who is on the FISA court, has suddenly recused himself. 

Last but not least, journalist Sara Carter revealed on hannity.com that the anti-Trump agent fired from Robert Mueller's Special Counsel, Peter Strzok, was one of two FBI agents who interviewed Flynn on January 24 at the White House, according to a former intelligence official with knowledge of the interview. 

[W]ith the recent revelation that Strzok was removed from the Special Counsel investigation for making anti-Trump text messages it seems likely that the accuracy and veracity of the 302 of Flynns interview as a whole should be reviewed and called into question, said Carter's source, who added "he most logical thing to happen would be to call the other FBI Special Agent present during Flynns interview before the Grand Jury to recount his version." 

Furthermore, Sara Carter reports that Flynn was tricked into a formal investigation after FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told the retired three-star general "some agents were heading over (to the White House)," which Flynn thought was related to routine work the FBI had been doing - only to realize they were sent there for him. 

It wasnt until after they were already in (Flynns) office that he realized he was being formerly interviewed. He didnt have an attorney with him

Between the recused judge who sits on the FISA court, Sally Yates' transcript 'trap,' and the fact that the FBI reportedly interviewed Flynn without an attorney present, it will be interesting to see how the case against Michael Flynn holds up. 


Chupacabra-322 bigkahuna Fri, 12/08/2017 - 09:03 Permalink

Hence, we’re

Tyrannically Lawless.

I just have one question for this Criminal Executive Administrator aka “Judge” for the Criminal Fraud UNITED STATES CORP. INC.

If Obama, Lynch & Clapper all agreed 17 days out to change the surveillance structure of the NSA. What date exectly did the changes occur in relation to the first FISA request for the Trump Wire Taps?

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Chupacabra-322 Giant Meteor Fri, 12/08/2017 - 09:24 Permalink

The "Law" stops being 'the law' when it no longer serves to protect the interests of 'the people'.

We’re currently

Tyrannically Lawless.

"At the foundation of our civil liberty lies the principle which denies to government officials an exceptional position before the law and which subjects them to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen.? ~ Dissent, Burdeau v. McDowell, 256 U.S. 465, 477 (1921).

"Decency, security, and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen. In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that in the administration of the criminal law the end justifies the means -- to declare that the government may commit crimes in order to secure the conviction of a private criminal -- would bring terrible retribution. Against that pernicious doctrine this court should resolutely set its face."
* ~ Dissenting, Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438 (1928).

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Joe Davola RAT005 Fri, 12/08/2017 - 14:03 Permalink

Will be interesting to see what goes down this afternoon.  Standard clinton team playbook is to release disinformation on Friday afternoon so it dominates the news cycle over the weekend.  By the time the disinformation has been refuted, the news cycle has moved on.  That group is on the defensive now, expect them to push back.

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brianshell Giant Meteor Fri, 12/08/2017 - 16:06 Permalink

Assume that the reason for recusal was his role as FISA judge issuing the warrant against Flynn. If so, he should never have accepted the case against Flynn.The congressmen on the judiciary committee asked Wray for the Flynn FISA application. The judge, seeing he would be found out, abruptly recused himself.Too late, too late too late.Throw out the case and the judge.

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brianshell Clashfan Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:06 Permalink

That is a very good report.This is just one small bunch of actors out of many who tried to smear the president to obfuscate MSM rhetoric and to shield information about the ratlines running through many government agencies.Admiral Rogers bravely avoided Clapper to report directly to Trump. It may have been the single most important act to begin the unraveling of the deep state. We worry about the NSA recording all our communications but, this time at least, an honest man used it for good.I think it is time to rescind all the secret organizations in our government. They simply cannot be controlled nor trusted.Also, this same bunch acted to defend previous administrations including Republicans. Therefore it is safe to say they are not "political". They are deep state or perhaps "deep globe". 

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Chupacabra-322 Bush Baby Fri, 12/08/2017 - 09:30 Permalink

@ Bush,

Thing is, there are multiple different High Crimes at play.

1. The looting of Fanny Mae & Freddie Mac to fund Obamacare.
2. The Lynch DOJ tax payer slush fund to fund Political Leftists Groups
3. The FISA wiretapping.
4. Clinton Criminal email Treason / Sedition.
5. DNC Debbie Wasserman-Schultz & Awan brothers Criminal Espionage Ring.
6. Criminal Russia Narrative and unmasking of Federal Officials for Political purposes.
8. Arming, funding & training of I CIA SIS terror organizations.

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Chupacabra-322 boattrash Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:27 Permalink

Irrefutable proof of the absolute, complete, open Lawlessness by the Criminal Fraud UNITED STATES, CORP. INC., its CEO & Board of Directors.

1. Torture.
2. WMD lie to the American People.
3. Lying the American People into War.
4. Illegal Wars of Aggression.
5. Arming, funding & training of terror organizations by the State Dept. / CIA & members of CONgress.
7. McCain meets with ISIS (Pics available).
8. Clapper lies to CONgress.
9. Brennan lies to CONgress & taps Congressional phones / computers.
10. Lynch meets Clinton on tarmac.
11. Fast & Furious deals with the Sinaloa Cartel.
12. Holder in Contempt of CONgress.
13. CIA drug / gun running / money laundering through the tax payer bailed out TBTFB.
14. Illegal NSA Spying on the American People.
15. DNC Federal Election Crime / Debbie Wasserman Shultz.
16. Hillary Clinton email Treason.
17. Clinton Foundation pay to play RICO.
18. Anthony Weiner 650,000 #PizzaGate Pedo Crimes.
19. Secret Iran deal.
20. Lynch takes the Fifth when asked about Iran deal
21. FBI murders LaVoy Finicum

At the current moment we're completely Lawless.

We have been for quite some time. In the past, their Criminality was "Hidden in plain view."

Now it's out in the open, in your face Criminality & Lawlessness. Complete

Thing is, the bar & precedent has been set so high among these Criminals I doubt we will ever see another person arrested in our lifetime.

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LightBeamCowboy boattrash Fri, 12/08/2017 - 22:16 Permalink

Thank you for being the first person I've read saying "conservative citizens" rather than "conservative *groups*". I know from personal experience that the IRS mucky-muck who was making weekly trips to the White House was being fed the names of anyone who donated money to the "wrong" candidate in a large enough amount to catch an Obamabot's eye.

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DeadFred Chupacabra-322 Fri, 12/08/2017 - 09:26 Permalink

Flynn was at the top of the security foof chain before Obama chased him out. He knew the ropes. He called the Russian Ambassador on an unsecured phone line. Do you think he 'forgot' that his call was almost certainly being monitored? Then he has the guy he knows is deep in bed with Obama/Hillary interview him (unMirandized) and he says he didn't discuss anything of importance. He knew they would know he was lying. He baited a trap and sure enough the transcript of the call was leaked.He fell on the sword and they now have the dirt on the leaks within O's WH. Someone just leaked what the judge has been texting and they have a judge as well. Strzok and his squeeze were demoted (for now). How exactly did all those leaked texts come out. How did all the data on the left wing perves come out. Trump is in control and is winning biggly. Flynn will be cleared.

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DeadFred Giant Meteor Fri, 12/08/2017 - 09:41 Permalink

It was circulating last night before the new of the recusal that Contreras had been caught sending texts to Strzok. Who caught him? Who caught the texts between Strok and Page? If they were caught in July why are we just finding out about it now? My best guess is the NSA is helping Trump and they have the dirt on everyone. It explains why all of a sudden all these pro-Trump revelations have started coming out. The swamp is being drained as we speak. 

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Akzed DeadFred Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:16 Permalink

[W]ith the recent revelation that Strzok was removed from the Special Counsel investigation for making anti-Trump text messages...Mueller's whole staff donated to HRC and/or BHO's campaigns. Sending "anti-Trump texts" pales in comparson as an indicator of bias, if one were looking for bias.

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Illegal DeadFred Sat, 12/09/2017 - 00:43 Permalink

What is also interesting is Judge Sullivan was supposedly picked at random. When pigs fly! Judge Sullivan warned the DOJ back in 2009 to have "Brady training" and in a recent article he supported a NY judge for encourage "Brady training". What is "Brady training"?

In Brady vs Maryland the SC ruled prosecuters must provide all evidence to defendants. Judge Sullivan wanted the DOJ attorneys trained to recognize their legal obligation to provide defendants with all information in their case.

In their rush Muller's team overlooked this legal principal. The FBI had a personnel vendetta against Flynn. McCabe' EEOC case had a letter from Flynn supporting McCabe's accuser. Flynn also probably realized Strzok had information that could only be known in an unmasked transcript. As trained military officer he had a legal obligation not to divugle information that was for the president only.

Mueller is about to get his chestnuts roasted.

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z530 DeadFred Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:34 Permalink

You're deluded if you're really buying into this 4D chess shit. This is almost as laughable as the Q 4chan stuff posted that Mueller is on Trump's side in wanting to drain the swamp and this is all a trap for Clinton and the Foundation. The case is extremely weak and is built on a house of cards but that isn't by design. 

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WillyGroper DeadFred Fri, 12/08/2017 - 13:09 Permalink

at this point i wholeheartedly agree @DF. look at the sequence of events... the NA awards when djt called warren Pocahontas, again!he got the unrighteous screaming PC outrage he was trolling for only for the CFPB slush fund to be exposed days later. one thing is for certain, djt is an epic troll in exposing these parasites!shit's flying all over the place.

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