Did Judge Contreras OK electronic surveillance of Trump campaign?
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The mystery why U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras was recused from the case overseeing the prosecution of Gen. Michael Flynn was solved Friday when the Conservative Tree House reported that Contreras is one of a small number of judges on the FISA Court.
The FISA court came to center stage on Thursday during the House Judiciary Committee hearings with FBI Director Christopher Wray when Rep. Jim Jordan, Rep. – OH, questioned Wray whether the now discredited Fusion GPS “Russia dossier” had been used by the FBI under former Director James Comey as the basis to obtain NSA electronic surveillance of principals in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Although Wray declined to answer, various published reports document that FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, previously assigned with heading the FBI’s investigation into allegations the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia, was in direct contact with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who was hired by opposition research firm Fusion GPS to create the now discredited “Russia dossier.”
Strzok is the FBI agent forced to resign from Mueller’s Special Prosecutor’s team after being discredited by some 10,000 messages to his lover, FBI prosecutor Lisa Page, were found to be laden with hate-Trump language.
On Thursday, Fox News correspondents James Rosen and Jake Gibson reported that Bruce G. Ohr, a senior DOJ official was demoted this week amid an ongoing investigation into his contacts with Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm responsible for the Trump dossier.
“There is a very real possibility that Judge Contreras signed off on the FISA warrant in October 2016 that initiated the counterintelligence wiretapping and surveillance of the Trump campaign,” the Conservative Tree House reported. “That wiretapping and surveillance ultimately led to the questioning of Michael Flynn; the consequence of which brings Flynn to Contreras courtroom.”