A Judge recuses himself in the Michael Flynn plea deal and nobody knows why. Judge Rudolph Contreras was the judge who accepted the plea deal but has stepped down from sentencing. What in the wide, wide world of justice is going on here? How do you get that far and then recuse yourself?
Judge Contreras is a Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia from 2012 to the present. He is also concurrently a Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court from 2016 to the present. Does serving on the FISA Court s have something to do with this recusal?
As Written By Josh Gerstein for POLITICO:
President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, will face a different judge to be sentenced than the one who took Flynn’s guilty plea to a felony false statement charge last week, court records show.
Judge Emmet Sullivan was randomly assigned to take over the case after Judge Rudolph Contreras recused himself.
A court spokeswoman confirmed to POLITICO that the reassignment of the case was due to Contreras’ recusal, but did not immediately respond to a query about the reason.
Sullivan is an appointee of President Bill Clinton, while Contreras was appointed by President Barack Obama.
Flynn pleaded guilty last Friday to a false statement charge brought by prosecutors from the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The retired Army lieutenant general and Defense Intelligence Agency director, who was fired after just 24 days as national security adviser in the Trump White House, admitted he lied to FBI agents about his interactions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition and lied to the Justice Department about his lobbying dealings related to Turkey……..
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