Recently released text messages from Peter Strzok reveal he is connected to the District of Columbia judge who recused himself from the criminal case involving former National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn, according to reporter, Sara A. Carter.
The text messages that were once believed to be “lost” raise serious questions about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s bizarre case against Flynn.
Strzok was a top counterintelligence analyst at the FBI before being demoted at the bureau and fired by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team last summer.
An internal probe revealed he had sent countless anti-Trump text messages to Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer with whom he was having an affair.
On Dec. 7, Contreras was abruptly removed as the presiding judge on Flynn’s case. Very little information was given as to why he was suddenly removed.
Now we know why.
In a text message chain dated July 25, 2016, Strzok and Page discussed how close they were to Contreras, where they called him “Rudy.”
Page wrote to Strzok: “Rudy is on the FISC! Did you know that? Just appointed two months ago.”
The two agents discussed other issues but began discussing Contreras again a little later.
Strzok said to Page: “I did. We talked about it before and after. I need to get together with him.”
Check out the full exchange below:
Congressional investigators have been working with Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., on the House Oversight Committee to get more of the text messages released.
In January 2017, Strzok went to the White House and reportedly interviewed Flynn. Former FBI Director James Comey told Congress that Strzok said Flynn never lied to him about anything.
So why did Flynn plead guilty to lying to the FBI in Dec. 2017 in a court case presided by Contreras?
For months, many have been seeking answers about why Contreras abruptly recused himself from overseeing Flynn’s case.
And it appears his secret connection to Strzok, who is still engulfed in controversy ranging from bias to corruption, was concerning enough to force Contreras to recuse himself over a conflict of interest.
We still have more questions than answers, but this is a major revelation.