A Transparent Lack of Media Curiosity – Why Was Judge Rudolph Contreras Recused From Flynn Case?….

Last Thursday it was announced that U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras was mysteriously recused from the Special Counsel case against General Mike Flynn, five days after Judge Contreras accepting the initial pleading.  No explanation as to ‘why’?

(Reuters) The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia judge presiding over the criminal case for President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has been recused from handling the case, a court spokeswoman said on Thursday.  (read more)

One might think the media apparatus, or pundit proletariat writ large, might be curious about why a U.S. District Court Judge would be recused.  Alas One would be wrong.  The recusal angle is transparently missing from any follow-up by media; and apparently the judicial cat also has stolen the tongue of congressional curiosity.  Nothing.  Nada.  Zilch.

The story has been memory holed into the concentric whirlpool of nothingness.

We have speculated that U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras was recused, either by himself or by challenge, because he is also a FISA Court Judge and could have signed off on the October FISA warrant that led to the wiretapping and surveillance of General Flynn.  However, we have received information that it wasn’t ‘by challenge’, leaving the preponderance of the motive for recusal directly upon Judge Contreras personal decision.

(link)

However, if Judge Contreras ‘recused himself’ based on the conflict within the FISA warrant he approved, the question then becomes why did he even allow himself to preside over the first hearing of General Mike Flynn’s rather odd guilty plea?

Was the October 2016 FISA warrant part of the evidence in the overall process charge against Mike Flynn?  What are the rules of FISA warrant content in cases where the warrant leads to a prosecution?  Did Judge Contreras sit on the initial plea hearing so another judge would not see the FISA information, recognize any problems, and maybe not approve the plea?

The only two significant things that happened between the initial Mike Flynn plea hearing and the recusal from Judge Contreras was:

#1) The stories about anti-Trump FBI Agent Peter Strzok and his involvement with Fusion-GPS and Christopher Steele; and

#2) FBI Director Chris Wray appearing before the House Judicial Committee and hearing Representative Jim Jordan demand to see the 2016 FISA application.

In fact, Judge Contreras recused himself only a few hours after that House Judicial Committee hearing.

These are all just general questions that stem from Judge Contreras appearing to concede to a conflict, but doing so only AFTER the first administrative hearing on the case. If the conflict existed on December 7th 2017, such that a recusal was needed, would not that conflict exist prior to December 7th, 2017?

Apparently no-one else is in the least bit curious; and absent of anyone seeking such clarity; it leads CTH to wonder if U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras wasn’t possibly the same judge that denied the initial FISA application in June of 2016.

It’s very rare that a FISA application is denied.  Considering he possibility the denial was based, in part, on the target (candidate Donald Trump) of the FISA warrant; and considering the massive ramifications within the U.S. government applying to monitor, wiretap and use surveillance upon a presidential candidate; it would not be a stretch to think Judge Contreras would establish a ‘higher threshold’ for granting such authority.

Given what we know now, that we did not know before, namely that FBI Agent Peter Strzok and DOJ Deputy Bruce Ohr were part of the counterintelligence operation that began in July 2016…. and understanding that Nellie Ohr, Bruce’s wife, was working for Fusion GPS the contractor for Christopher Steele and the Russian Dossier…. ultimately hired by Hillary Clinton;…. and accepting that the information within the dossier was part of the underlying FISA application… the entire construct of the FISA application is suspect.

Adding yet another layer to that sketchy outline, today it is revealed that Peter Strzok’s mistress within the DOJ, Lisa Page, might have been the actual DOJ official to apply for the FISA warrant. (SEE HERE)

Which takes us back to U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras.  Was the recusal an outcome of Contreras recognizing the concerns he expressed in the June 2016 FISA denial, that were later presumably belayed with a more narrow FISA application, evidenced in his seeing how the FISA warrant he granted being used against the defendant that appeared in his courtroom.

Did Contreras see in Flynn’s outcome – evidence of what he feared would happen?  And that lead to Judge Contreras deciding to recuse himself from the case?

So many questions, and yet a transparent lack of overall curiosity around the recusal.

FBI Agent Peter Strzok’s former boss was Bill Priestap, FBI Asst. Director in charge of Counterintelligence.  [The same Bill Priestap James Comey stated was the person who decided not to tell congressional oversight of the investigation]  Bill Priestap’s boss was FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Directly above McCabe in the chain-of-command was FBI Director James Comey.

Inside the DOJ: Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce G Ohr’s former boss was Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.  Sally Yates boss was Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

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158 Responses to A Transparent Lack of Media Curiosity – Why Was Judge Rudolph Contreras Recused From Flynn Case?….

  1. grandmotherpatriot says:

    Perhaps this Democrat Judge is practicing ethics after the fact. ( Sarc)
    You know the Dems are preaching their ” Higher Morals ” these days.

    Liked by 13 people

    • wheatietoo says:

      Heheh.
      Clearly, ‘practicing ethics’ is such unfamiliar territory to the Dems, that they have not figured out yet that it is something that you do before you have committed multiple violations.

      Liked by 14 people

      • grandmotherpatriot says:

        Exactly, look at Holder and Lynch!

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        • pcmoreland says:

          Or Sundance, the judge expects to be called as a witness. The judge could have granted the FISA application that was limited to Trump tower and it’s computer systems based loosely on what we think we know. It is possible that this narrow granting of surveillance was broadened beyond the applications scope without going back with a new application seeking broader surveillance.

          We do have a crime, the illegal unmasking of Gen. Flynn. We know that Yates ran over to the White House in a desperate panic to warn the parties involved that Flynn was a monster and now subject to blackmail (unlike say having an unsecured server that could be hacked). It would not surprise me if someone after the fact referenced the FISA warrant issued on Trump tower, to give them cover.

          A good judge looks at the tea leaves as they are constantly writing opinions to avoid being overturned on appeal. It could be that the judge did grant the warrant and now realizes that there may be a time when he will have to testify as a witness regarding the overall scope of the warrant that he granted. He may not have realized this at the initial hearing but now does.

          I don’t know his qualifications or his record, but what a crap deal to have stepped into this mess and now have your career forever stunted if not ended. No matter who comes out on top, the judge is not one of them.

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          • jnearen says:

            All of this makes no difference. Rosenstein and McCabe run the show and they work for the Clintons. Sessions is recused. Nothing whatsoever will happen.

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          • Howie says:

            This sounds like a good hypothesis to me.

            Liked by 3 people

            • Mike Pitzler says:

              We don’t know yet if the FISA judge (judges?) had a good enough reason to issue the warrant.

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              • Howie says:

                In a regular court you can challenge the warrant. There is no warrant here. Just an information, a proffer, and a plea bargain. Muelley is a grand master at parallel construction. Roseys appointment is a travesty. No crime. A FISA warrant can not be used like an arrest warrant it is a different animal. Any other warrant is published on the record at the time of arrest. Was Flynn ever even arrested, booked, anything? No bail offered or needed? Weird. This must be all to get Flynns testimony is some goofy obstruction charge Muelley will report to the House for impeachment. What a scam.

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                • Firefly says:

                  If Weissman/mueller didn’t provide Flynn with documents that Strzok didn’t findFlynn lying the fist time ( exculpatory evidence) Judge Emmet Sullivan will nail Weissman. That what Weissman usually does- withold evidence. Judge Emmet will go through it all – and if there is mis conduct a Flynn’s case might be thrown out altogether-or mitigate the sentencing. Flynn might even get millions in damages like Hatfill did because of Mueller’s misconduct.

                  It’s the Brady or giglio law citation that seems to be the one weissman violates by withholding. The deceitful way Rosenstein called Flynn saying the fbi wanted to talk to him is an issue for the judge to look at too. IG/fbi have a statement they are supposed read to people informing them of rights in a criminal investigation.

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          • grandmotherpatriot says:

            As a judge, his job is to research. He granted a warrant without researching prior.

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        • Old Codger says:

          Id rather not look at either, until they’re both wearing orange jumpsuits!

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        • sat0422 says:

          Actually it has become quite clear that our government (The Deep State as they are called) are attempting to overthrow the government that was put in place when the people elected D.J. Trump as president. One can argue, find evidence, point out injustice and wrong doing, but the fact is they want to overthrow what the people voted for.

          It has happened many times in CA when the citizens vote one way and a few months later the election results are null and void as the government finds a way to win what they lost a few months earlier.

          If we, the citizens, allow this “Deep State” to continue in this manner, our freedoms and our constitutional government will be a dark study for anyone alive in 15-20 years. This country is the target of the uppercrust and I believe that many of those leaving the Senate can feel the heat and see how dangerous this is becoming every day. D.C. is occupied. DJT came riding in on a white horse and they have told him repeatedly that he is not wanted. Thank God he is a true grit kind of person and that we have a few select Senators willing to fight for him, not against him.

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    • Eddy Breyne says:

      grandmotherpatriot – Good point, he had the example of 8 years of “leading from behind ! (sarc)

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  2. Bull Durham says:

    General Flynn took a bullet for DJT.

    There has been a Deep State plot to destroy him since the RT dinner celebration in Moscow.
    They had to reversed his reforms of the IC power pyramid.
    They had to protect the criminals and liars associated with ISIS, AQ and al Nusra in Syria.
    Flynn knew all their crimes and lies.

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    • Jimmy Tets (Questioning) says:

      Excellent points. Flynn knows where ALL the IC bodies are buried. Getting rid of him was MORE IMPORTANT than tanking Trump…

      Liked by 9 people

      • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

        Perhaps getting Flynn muzzled & marginalized was a prerequisite to moving ahead with the DeepState’s “Russian collusion” impeachment plan? The Manafort indictment was just a diversion to make it seem like the investigation was actually going somewhere, making headway toward Hillary’s grand prize. But, ultimately doomed to fail, here they are some 10 months and 7 million dollars later bogged down just outside the gates of Leningrad. 🙂

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        • sat0422 says:

          A coup is just around the corner and they are determined to get Trump out of their way and shut up the deplorables. This is a world wide coup as our known enemies have made deep inroads with the Uniparty for several years and they ain’t about to give up now. Time to be really prepared for battle.

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      • WSB says:

        Flynn exposed his knowledge to PT immediately.

        It is one thing to make Flynn pay for his conveyance, but it is another thing if the info has already been conveyed.

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    • Patsy says:

      Flynn STILL knows where all the bodies are buried. His judge is going down.

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    • Deplorable Ukie says:

      “Bull Durham says:
      August 14, 2016 at 10:43 am
      But the first rule in Propaganda is from Goebbels: He who says it first is right.
      That means whatever you first hear about a topic is etched hard into your thoughts.”

      Here are some of your comments on M. Flynn. Pay attention to the dates.
      “Bull Durham says:
      February 4, 2016 at 2:56 pm
      but you will understand why General Flynn and Putin talked recently, why Flynn coaches Trump,”

      “Bull Durham says:
      February 14, 2016 at 11:28 pm
      The DIA lost General Flynn. He is now bridging the gap to the public and between Trump and Putin.”

      “Bull Durham says:
      March 22, 2016 at 8:49 am
      I’m certain Trump should get with Flynn and connect with Russia. Flynn has history with Putin and these three should be the men who plan out what needs to be done.”

      “Bull Durham says:
      July 14, 2016 at 10:00 pm
      Trump. Flynn. Putin. If we want to win.”

      “Bull Durham says:
      July 18, 2016 at 7:01 pm
      Flynn has sources from his years in Intel.
      His entire career has been Intel.

      Other foreign service Intel people know Flynn will be back in service to US Intel shortly and that he has the ear of Trump. They would keep him briefed.

      There is probably an understanding with Russian Intel services (SVR, GRU and FSB) to stay in touch with Flynn.”
      ___________

      Where was the self appointed “armchair general” Bull leading?
      Why?

      How many negative comments have you written about M. Flynn, and how many about H. McMaster? Why?

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  3. H&HC 2nd-16th says:

    Plausible and downright scary.
    What do you think the Administration will do next?

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  4. bflyjesusgrl says:

    Good job Sundance, and thanks for getting info to the Flynn family. I pray the fruit of the poisonous tree invalidates all charges against Mike Flynn!!

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  5. wheatietoo says:

    “…has been recused”

    Who knew, that a ‘recusal’ is something that can be done for you…rather than something that you must do yourself.

    That’s sort of like saying that someone “has been resigned” from their job.

    Liked by 17 people

  6. Orygun says:

    Really nice to get some recognition from the Flynn family! Hopefully, the truth will eventually come out.

    Liked by 17 people

  7. Adam says:

    We need an informant or this will just be whitewashed.

    I wonder how the Watergate investigation would have proceeded if not for the external pressure from Deep Throat. I’m not confident we will ever know what happened during last year’s election.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Adam says:

      Oh yeah, and some decent journalists who aren’t completely in the tank for the Democrats.

      Liked by 3 people

    • AmericaFirst says:

      Actually there is a lot of similarity, in that they both stem from personal animus toward the target. When we finally learned that Deep Throat was Mark Felt, we learned that it was his hatred of Nixon that initiated the investigation. He used the young Bernstein and Woodward, and they were so ambitious they were happy to be the instrument of Felt’s revenge. The more one learns the more sickening it is to observe the way they are lauded as great reporters.

      This Mueller/Comey/McCabe/Strozk etc. seems to be a cabal which deeply resented that Flynn A) disagreed substantially with their assessment of the MB as a non-threat and B) actually stuck up for Robin Gritz in her personnel matter at the FBI. This is as dirty as the Army Officer who was court-martialed for trying to save a boy from being molested in Afghanistan.

      The difference lies in the fact that Watergate investigation against Nixon DID in fact at least have a cover-up to find, whereas this snipe hunt against Flynn has only trumped up charges.

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    • springstreet says:

      Deep Throat (Mark Felt) did not apply external pressure … he was in charge of the FBI while L Patrick Gray was away. And he directed the initial “investigation” away from the CIA (that the agents on the ground correctly identified as the planners) to “All the President’s Men” … by having the FBI involved in a “bugging” even though no bug was ever found. If you doubt this, have someone ask Woodward and Bernstein about their magical bug … I’m waiting.

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    • WSB says:

      My understanding is that Nixon was framed, pure and simple. IMHO.

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  8. Considering the incoming chaff to the Administration, I’d guess we are over the target.

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  9. Kent says:

    Glad to see this re-visited…I think it will turn out to be pivotal in this stretch of history……

    Liked by 7 people

  10. sundance says:

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    • Howie says:

      This is not a Sessions bash. Is it possible they have something on him? Maybe U1 problems or something from when he was a Senator? Could they be blackmailing him? I have seen reports that Holder briefed both him and Leahy about U1 when he was on the committee that signed off. Dunno if true.

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  11. cheekymeeky says:

    Another mystery recusal. Judge Tanya Chutkan is also presiding over the Imran Awan and Hina Alvi bank fraud case.

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/12/12/federal-judge-recuses-herself-from-a-second-fusion-gps-case/

    Liked by 15 people

    • WSB says:

      Chutkan was taken off that original case when many of us contacted Louis Gohmert about three months ago because she was an Obama appointee, and we could not confirm if she was an American. I posted the episode on CTH. The next day, she was off the original Awan case. I still cannot verify if she is a valid US citizen.

      This must be a second issue. These people seem to be like PacMen. They multiply.

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      • G. Combs says:

        Tanya Chutkan was appointed DC District Judge in June 2014 by Obama and was born in Kingston, Jamaica.
        Judge Amit P. Mehta was appointed DC District Judge in December 22, 2014 by Obama and was born in Patan, India.

        Couldn’t the sleaze ball appoint AMERICANS????

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        • stringplayer55 says:

          Not when trying to put the U.S. under the thumb of international rule! Obama’s appointments reflect precisely his grand scheme!

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  12. Kent says:

    Contreras rejected the first batch of horse puckies because…they were obviously horse puckeys…..so the puckeys were painted and perfumed and presented again…

    AS Easter eggs…

    ……..and he bought it……and he now has horse puckey on his face…

    Such tends to piss judges off….

    Understandably so……

    Something like that?

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  13. MaineCoon says:

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    • Firefly says:

      Judge Emmet Sullivan has cited Weissman before for withholding exculpatory evidence. Judge Sullivan threw out the case. The bar investigated but a Doj protected him.

      Dick Morris had a lunch time video on other tough action Judge Sullivan took against the doj thugs violating the Brady.

      I bet Weissman freaked when he found out Emmet Sullivan was the new Judge. Looks like Judge Sullivan didn’t wait very long to demand all the evidence. Hope Weissman loses his law license- Sidney Powels, doj prosecutor, book/ youtube exposes the doj tactics – Weissman is the worst. Weissman was the one who threatened the uranium witness (worked under Mueller and Rosenstein)

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    • Howie says:

      Double Whoa. It is going down.

      Liked by 8 people

  14. I think it is possible that this judge got played by the FBI.

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    • Firefly says:

      if the judge is corrupt or rubber stamper I think PTrump and AG sessions will remove him. The dosdier is silly. But let’s see the fisa files the fbi submitted. These fisa docs are due to congress 15 December. I bet the just is a favorite rubber stamper. Didn’t recuse until it all went public. Another judge recused on the fusion gps cas a couple hours ago the daily caller reported it ( se my comment down the page of comments for a link)

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  15. cheekymeeky says:

    STRAY STRZOK THOUGHTS

    10. None of the stories pause to ask why the Inspector General have sought Strzok’s text messages in the first place. What is going on here? As the Times notes, FBI regulations allow an agent to express his opinions “as an individual privately and publicly on political subjects and candidates.”

    11. A law enforcement source writes to observe that the Inspector General would not be able to access the private text message communications of an FBI official as senior and prominent as Strzok unless he had good cause to do so. What was this cause?

    12. He adds: “Reviewing an agent’s private text messages is not an investigative action which is entered into lightly unless the situation is serious. I cannot think of a situation where you would find the IG’s office looking at your private text messages unless you, or someone you were communicating with, is in big, big trouble. There is something very, very shady going on here with the IG’s investigation of Strzok….why the IG was investigating him in the first place is much more interesting.”

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/12/stray-strzok-thoughts.php

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  16. I love the fact that the Flynn family is aware of, and thankful to, The Last Refuge
    Great job sundance; I hope they pass the kudos on to PDJT

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  17. SouthCentralPA says:

    Ed Klein’s reporting in his book All Out War describes the FISA judge as a man presiding at the Prettyman Courthouse in person, so it would have to be either him or Boasberg, wouldn’t it … ?

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  18. Betty says:

    I read that Sally Yates or someone who reports to her signed off on an ethics waver for Mueller – what if it was Ohr?

    Liked by 4 people

    • Firefly says:

      Sally had already been fired. Bruce Ohr works under Rosenstein. So did Rosenstein know ? If so Rosenstein is in on it. Weissman used to work under Mueller and with Weissman. Rosenstein is stuck supervising this witch hunt. Tomorrow he’s supposed to testify. Mccabe is set for 19 Dec.

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  19. Firefly says:

    Obama Judge recuses
    Federal Judge Recuses Herself From A Second Fusion GPS Case
    http://dailycaller.com/2017/12/12/federal-judge-recuses-herself-from-a-second-fusion-gps-case/

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  20. SUNDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANCE!!!!???

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/dec/12/trump-jr-leaker-fake-erickson-email-wikileaks-stor/

    Trump Jr.: Leaker of fake ‘Erickson email’ Wikileaks story to CNN knew it was wrong
    Republicans suspect staff of Adam Schiff in leaking erroneous ‘scoop’

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  21. bluejean says:

    A well constructed view of “The Big Game”….

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/938097629208154112

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  22. splat! says:

    I have a question. The first application taken to FISA was denied. According to the wiki page on FISA procedures”Each application for one of these surveillance warrants (called a FISA warrant) is made before an individual judge of the court .. . .If an application is denied by one judge of the court, the federal government is not allowed to make the same application to a different judge of the court but may appeal to the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review.” As far as I have read, the first denial was not appealed , but instead an entirely separate second application was made with different and more specific documentation. Was this taken to the same judge, or to a someone else? (judge-shopping)

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    • WSB says:

      I also looked into that last night. Foggy understanding. My thought is that the original judge is the one to review the resubmission. But there are exceptions, only if that judge is not available at the time for that reason.

      I believe we need to see who reviewed the first request and the second one.

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    • G. Combs says:

      There were THREE possible reasons:

      REASON #1:
      March 28, 2017 John Brennan and Baltic Spies Teamed Up to Defeat Trump
      “The origin of the Obama administration’s investigation of imaginary Trump-Russia collusion remains murky, but this much is clear: John Brennan, Obama’s Trump-hating CIA director, stands at the center of it.
      Brennan pushed for a multi-agency investigation of the Trump campaign, using as his pretext alleged intelligence from an unnamed Baltic state. That “intelligence” was supplied at the very moment Baltic officials had their own political motivation to smear Trump.
      “Last April, the CIA director was shown intelligence that worried him. It was – allegedly – a tape recording of a conversation about money from the Kremlin going into the US presidential campaign. It was passed to the US by an intelligence agency of one of the Baltic States,” reported the BBC’s Paul Wood.
      To CNN, on March 21, Trump said, referring to the need to re-think America’s relationship with NATO:
      We’re paying disproportionately. It’s too much. And frankly it’s a different world than it was when we originally conceived of the idea. […]
      Hillary and her allies in the media seized on these remarks and ripped Trump on the false claim that, if elected, he would “pull out of NATO,” leaving Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia to fend for themselves against Russia.
      Such fearmongering set off an anti-Trump panic in political circles within the Baltic States […]”

      Remember it was a Comey statement that the ‘investigation’ of Trump and associates began in July 2016. This does not jive with the above story. (Do we REALLY BELIEVE Comey???)

      REASON #2: The Second was the Pee-Pee Dossier from Fusion GPS.
      When exactly the FBI got a hold of it, I am not sure since the date keeps moving…
      “[…]Property records show that in June 2016, as Clinton allies bankrolled Fusion GPS, Fritsch bought a six-bedroom, five-bathroom home in Bethesda, Md., for $2.3 million.
      The FBI received a copy of the Democrat-funded dossier in August, during the heat of the campaign, and is said to have contracted in October to pay Steele $50,000 to help corroborate the dirt on Trump — a relationship that “raises substantial questions about the independence” of the bureau in investigating Trump, warned Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).[…]”
      June 24, 2017 https://nypost.com/2017/06/24/inside-the-shadowy-intelligence-firm-behind-the-trump-dossier/
      We now know the FBI and DOJ had on-going access. So this pee-pee dosier was probably the first try and got laughed out of court.

      REASON #3: Communications between a commercial email server registered at Donald Trump’s office in New York City and a server at Alfa Bank in Russia.
      This is probably the WINNER!

      Hillary Tweet
      “Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank. pic.twitter.com/8f8n9xMzUU
      — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 1, 2016”

      The “computer scientist” was exposed:

      Professor L. Jean Camp from Indiana University became a spokesperson last fall for a loose group of computer researchers who reported they had detected a series of communications between a commercial email server registered at Donald Trump’s office in New York City and a server at Alfa Bank in Russia.
      http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/03/revealed-hillary-fanatic-pushed-bogus-trump-russia-narrative-investigated-fbi/

      And it was discussed at the time on CTH. The office was a contractor who did advertizing for Trump IIRC.

      More recently (10/26/2017) Russian Bank Accused of Trump Connection Tries to Clear Name by Pressuring U.S. Computer Researcher
      Today, the bank at the heart of the controversy is waging an intimidating legal campaign against an American professor who helped connect the odd dots[…]
      Alfa Bank vehemently denied the conclusions of the computer scientists (and Slate), claiming the suspicious internet traffic was caused by errant spam emails from Trump hotels and that their reputation was under politically motivated attack. Outlets that included The Intercept and the Washington Post questioned just how solid the evidence was, pointing out technical gaps and suggesting that the weird server blips were certainly suspicious and worth investigating, but probably not evidence of covert communications. It was, it seemed, probably just too juicy to be true.[…]”
      (The rest is a rather humorous example of a lefty trying to back pedal and CYA.)

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  23. hmmm says:

    Sundance,

    FYI Robert Orr (Council on Foreign Relations and former deputy ambassador to the UN) also just so happened to take up Ham radio as a hobby within two weeks of Nellie Orh’s new found hobby. He also has a Kenyan connection formerly serving with the UN in Nairobi. I don’t know if that is significant or not but I thought it was interesting.

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  24. Marian says:

    Are we headed towards a special counsel being appointed to investigated Fusion? Pardon my negativity, but might we be seeing the old Clinton play of making everything old news prior to any meaningful investigation? These deep state black hats going down is the win I would love to finally see.

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  25. Howie says:

    If he smells something fishy a Federal Judge himself can appoint a Special Prosecutor to go after crooked ‘prosecutors’.

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    • Firefly says:

      True. Judge Emmit Sullivan apparently did that to some ring doj prosecutors. I think I got that from Dick Morris lunch videos or Sidney Powel’s Youtube.

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  26. jeans2nd says:

    Contreras is the son of a 1950s Cuban immigrant mother, who reared her son on the American dream. Contreras, born in Staten Island, is from Delaware and, having apparently never served much beyond the civil rights and fraud law sectors, appears to be an Obama minority “quota” hire. One bazillionth of a bitcoin says this guy was a Biden political payback appointment who tried to do good and make Momma proud of her little boy.
    http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2012/06/at-swearing-in-district-judge-rudolph-contreras-speaks-to-the-american-dream.html
    https://www.fjc.gov/history/judges/contreras-rudolph

    Contreras was the judge who had the Judicial Watch case over release of the Clinton emails in 2015 and ordered a speedier State Dept release of the Clinton emails, promising to hold the State Dept accountable should court orders not be followed. how Judge C escaped the Clinton death squads was not detailed
    https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-federal-judge-declares-state-department-will-answer-for-any-destruction-of-clinton-emails/

    Contreras ruled against an Obamacare interpretative rule, in favor of big pharma. how was this guy not impeached then and there???
    https://www.healthlawadvisor.com/2015/10/19/u-s-district-court-vacates-hrsas-interpretative-rule-on-orphan-drugs/

    A cursory glance at Judge Contreras’ cases shows Contreras’ case load was mostly corruption cases, and a civil rights case thrown in at times.

    Perhaps Judge C was indeed the first FISA judge who denied the FISA warrant and, not knowing of the the second approved FISA, took the Flynn case thinking it to be another corruption case like Manafort’s. After the House Judiciary Comm hearing, someone – Judge C? Mueller? – decided Judge C had a conflict of interest and Judge C is now recused.

    Or Judge C is another slimy weaseling Swamp Creature who deserves to drown in the muck and mire of The Swamp. If some dumb Ohio hick figured out the FISA angle, odds are Judge C and/or Mueller did as well.
    somehow i do not think so

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  27. BluecollarPR says:

    The pleading is an Information, not an indictment. Doesn’t look like the case was ever presented to a Grand Jury. Point being, it was agreed ahead of time between the parties that Flynn would be charged with something and plead to it. Where is the actual plea agreement?
    So if it was all arranged ahead of time, the parties must have sought a judge to set the plea for a time and date certain? How did the case get a case number? How did it get set for hearing? What are the terms of the plea? How did they get this judge, of all the available judges to take the plea, to accept all the terms, whatever they are? IF he was a FISA judge, did the parties agree to go to him ahead of time to review the warrant request? DId the know ahead of time that this judge would have no problem accepting the plea? Has he accepted it? If not, can Flynn still withdraw? Or can the judge refuse to accept it after presentence report?

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    • jeans2nd says:

      A quick search would quickly reveal the Flynn plea agreement. Search engines are your friend. DuckDuckGo is highly recommended.
      https://www.justice.gov/file/1015121/download

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      • BluecollarPR says:

        Thanks for the info. Quick review. Questions remain:
        How did they get a case number? Walk into court morning of 11-30? Or did they contact someone, maybe this judge, advise him of the pending plea and ask him to take the plea?
        How did they get this judge? Did he get the case because he signed the warrant? Most certainly judge was familiar with Flynn-if he sat on FISA warrant request, why didn’t he immediately recuse himself? it almost seems as if everyone is trying to “keep it within the family”.
        Did judge accept the plea? If he did not, then can Flynn still withdraw?
        Looks like when Agent Strock’s activities become public, judge recuses himself and bails? Will judge say he has obligation to avoid appearance of impropriety?(having issued warrant and now taking a plea from a “victim” of that warrant? And if he does, shouldn’t he have recused himself at the plea? or not agreed to take the plea in the first place…….if he knew the warrant was based on Strock’s activities? Looks like he was good with everything until Strock’s activities came to light.

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    • Howie says:

      What did Flynn proffer in order to get the plea? This is a FIASCO.

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      • WSB says:

        What if it were just agreeing to take the process plea, to save some of his own personal money?

        If Flynn were innocent and taking a long time to joust with Mueller, at some point, he would take a small something to get out of financial trouble.

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  28. Howie says:

    The case of the The Fusion Illusion Confusion.

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  29. Lulu says:

    There is so much corruption here and they didn’t really try to hide it. They believe they are above the law and I’m afraid they are right. Maybe PS goes down, but there is no way anyone higher up does.

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  30. Sandra-VA says:

    Looks like the Big Ugly is well underway.

    😀

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  31. Howie says:

    To me Ohr’s excuse for meeting with Fusion Simpson does not hold water. That would have been a job for the FBI. A prosecutor should NEVER meet with a witness alone without a LEO present on ANY case. EVER. This is about as big a no no as there is. Ohr knows this. He in big trouble.

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  32. Howie says:

    The case of The Fusion Illusion is now under Judge Leon and Judge Sullivan. Muelley/Rosey can not be happy campers.They may apply the constitution to the facts.

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  33. zephyrbreeze says:

    Monday: A federal judge in Washington, D.C. has recused herself from a second case involving Trump dossier firm Fusion GPS.

    Tanya S. Chutkan, an Obama appointee, recused herself on Monday from a case involving a dispute over subpoenas issued for Fusion GPS, the firm that commissioned the dossier.

    What’s going on???

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/12/12/federal-judge-recuses-herself-from-a-second-fusion-gps-case/

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    • WSB says:

      Reposted? Chutkan is already recused from the Awan case, and now from the first Fusion case.

      Many of us alerted Louis Gohmert’s office that we could not confirm if she were an American, since born in Jamaica. Obama appointed. Who knows?

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  34. Howie says:

    Maybe Trump has filed an Amicus brief? Intervened?
    Amicus curiae occupy a unique place in the courts: non-parties who are nevertheless advocates, who are not bound by rules of standing and justiciability, and who can present the court with new information and arguments. Amicus participation has increased dramatically in recent years, and threatens to alter the adversarial process. Yet scholars and courts treat amicus curiae as a single category, not fully recognizing that this friendly term actually covers several very different types, ranging from court appointed advocates of a particular position, to friends of a party (sometimes paid by the party), to persons or groups who just missed qualifying as interveners.

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    • phoenixRising says:

      The federal judge in the Awan case dismissed a crucial H-1B immigration case against the Department of Homeland Security while failing to disclose to the court that a close family relative is employed in a high-ranking intelligence capacity with DHS, federal records show and sources confirm.

      U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan is presiding over the Imran Awan and Hina Alvi bank fraud case in D.C. Last week Chutkan made headlines when it was reported she was appointed to the federal bench by Obama after she kicked thousands in campaign donations to his presidential campaign. Obama also appointed Chutkan’s husband, Peter Krauthamer, a judge to the bench in the District of Columbia Superior Court in 2011.

      Now Chutkan is being accused of “many conflicts, direct and indirect,” according to a Justice Department source familiar with the Homeland Security case.

      “Legally, she should have walked away from the case,” a federal law enforcement source said.

      Sep 19, 2017 – U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan is presiding over the Imran Awan and Hina Alvi bank fraud case in D.C. Last week Chutkan made headlines when it was reported she was appointed to the federal bench by Obama after she kicked thousands in campaign donations to his presidential campaign.

      more: https://truepundit.com/awan-judge-violated-federal-ethics-on-homeland-security-case-failed-to-disclose-close-relative-works-for-homeland/

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  35. zephyrbreeze says:

    Another mistrial looming with the Bundy’s due to corrupt judge and prosecutors:

    “Outside the presence of the jury, U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro on Monday read a lengthy list of documents previously undisclosed by prosecutors that could be used to impeach government witnesses or otherwise bolster defense attorneys’ arguments that their clients felt surrounded by government snipers prior to the standoff. Navarro then sent jurors home until Dec. 20 while the evidence issues are addressed.

    “Some of the prosecution’s documents were produced so late they violated the federal evidence discovery rules, Navarro said, and as a result could lead her to strike witness testimony, call for a continuance or order a mistrial.

    “The information would possibly “undermine the confidence in the outcome of the trial,” said Navarro.

    https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2017-12-11/us-judge-warns-of-mistrial-in-nevada-rancher-bundys-trial

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  36. Flynn conversations with Russian Ambassador covered under FISA or normal surveillance of dorigiwn agent?

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  37. anthohmy says:

    I have an Irish name and heritage similar to Mike Flynn. I also share a similar Irish pointed nose, the better to stare you down with, my pretty.

    On Sunday morning I arrived at Logan airport on a Red Eye, with enough time to spare time for some breakfast before driving through the storm to the funeral.

    I ordered the omelete, duly noting the waiter didn’t ask what kind of toast I wanted. I assumed white or whole wheat was coming my way, till the rye toast appeared. I was flummoxed. For a minute.

    Just breaking the routine up with a true story.

    May 19th is a High Holy Day in my family, why is it in FISA Court?

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  38. POP says:

    First FISA rejected…..
    Can’t have that.
    What to do, what to do…?
    I know, some sexier “evidence”…..
    I’ll look under “dossier maker” in the yellow pages…..

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  39. Donna in Oregon says:

    Re-reading the Memorandum of the Full FISA Court Opinion in April 2017.

    Here is a website that show the FISC docs for all the legal eagles out there.

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  40. Wow, Sundance, Flynn family following this blog and grateful!! You should be proud!

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  41. Bextwins says:

    It’s a long shot that you go back through these comments, but I was curious about the follow up on this. Contreras was appointed to FISA on May 19th 2016 at the onset of the illegal data collection. I know CJ Roberts appointed him, but there has been a bit of suspicion of leverage on Roberts since Ocare was passed by him. Any chance this guy was handpicked to serve on FISA specifically for Operation Trump? The judge recused himself at the official plea hearing on Dec 7th after the judge had originally approved the plea on Dec 1st. The case was set for a status hearing in February. Is this plea entered and perfected or is this still an open case? I’m curious if MF used the month as NSA to gather data to be put to use in a wrangling exercise and the plea deal to get the judge’s hands on the op. I have been a bit skeptical of MF being an op previously, but dozens of sudden details being exposed have made the possibility of the MF engagement seem significantly more likely to be an op using fake wounded as bait. I’m looking forward to seeing you circle back around to this in future stories.

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