Identity of the Carter Page FISA Judge Revealed.
Judge Rudolph Contreras was responsible for issuing the FISA Warrant to wiretap former Trump Campaign Foreign Policy Adviser Carter Page, according to two sources familiar with the material that underlies the Memo published by the House Intelligence Committee on Friday.
Contreras was appointed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) by Chief Justice John Roberts in the midst of the 2016 election, being sworn-in on May 19, 2016. He would go on to issue authorization to spy on Carter Page after receiving an application from the FBI, who purported to believe that Carter Page could be acting as an agent of the Russian Government. The FISA Court has received more than 34,000 applications to spy on Americans since its founding in 1978, turning down only 12 applications in that time, or just .0312%.
Judge Contreras has a long career with the Department of Justice, taking his first job as an Assistant US Attorney in 1994. His term on the FISA Court expires on May 18, 2023.
If Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)’s memo is to be believed, then it would seem that the FBI submitted a FISA Application to spy on Carter Page with serious material omissions, including the source of funding for the Steele Dossier and that Christopher Steele said that he was “Passionate about Donald Trump not becoming President”. Contreras may have acted perfectly ethically when he approved the FISA Warrant to electronically monitor and record Carter Page.
Judge Contreras also oversaw the case in which Michael Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI. On December 7th Judge Contreras recused himself from the Michael Flynn Case. A spokeswoman for the the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia Lisa Klem did not say why Contreras was recused, adding that the case was randomly reassigned.
On Thursday the Mueller team successfully sought a rescheduling of the Flynn sentencing. “The parties shall file a joint status report by no later than May 1, 2018, stating whether the matter should be scheduled for sentencing or whether a deadline should be set for filing another joint status report,” said a related order signed by the new Judge, Emmet G. Sullivan.
Mueller’s Office of the Special Counsel cited the “Status of the investigation” for their request to reschedule General Flynn’s sentencing, but declined to provide further details.
A storm is brewing in Washington DC. Deep State operatives are fearing the release of a four-page memo that details a conspiracy to abuse the powers of the FISA Court to engage in illegal political espionage against members of the Trump Campaign. The details of the memo, which currently are only known to a few members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees are said to be so damning, that the release of them could lead to the firing of senior DOJ Officials and could even end Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel Investigation.
Critics of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) push to release the memo claim that his efforts are a last minute hail marry approach to end the Section 702 program as a whole. Given that the 702 Program has been re-authorized by both the House and the Senate, it would seem unlikely that Nunes’ efforts have anything to do with going after the 702 Program as a whole.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) seemed to affirm that Former FBI Director James Comey authorized abuses of the FISA court when he was asked that question by Sean Hannity last night, before ultimately saying that he cannot talk about the specifics of the confidential memo.
If Rep. Jordan’s affirmation of clear FISA court abuse holds up upon the release of the memo, which could happen through an official release or a leak, then it would provide affirmation to the notion of a “Deep State” within the intelligence community that is actively working to undermine the President.
If the memo provides material proof the narrative of the Obama Administration working hand-in-hand with the Clinton Campaign to undermine the Trump Campaign with abuses of the FISA court supplemented with Russian Intelligence, it would be the spark that lit the flame of the biggest scandal in the history of politics.