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March 16, 2018

The Federalist: Judge Who Presided Over Michael Flynn's Guilty Plea, And Then Mysteriously Recused Himself, Was Friends With Peter Strzok; Strzok and Page Conspired to Arrange Dinner Parties Where They Could Talk to Judge Without Alerting Others to Their

We're gonna need a bigger special counsel.

And these emails were hidden and never disclosed to Congress. Hmmm. I wonder why.

How the Federalist got them I don't know, but it might have something to do with the IG investigation.

Newly discovered text messages obtained by The Federalist reveal two key federal law enforcement officials conspired to meet with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) judge who presided over the federal case against Michael Flynn. The judge, Rudolph Contreras, was recused from handling the case just days after accepting the guilty plea of President Donald Trump's former national security adviser who was charged with making false statements to federal investigators.

The text messages about Contreras between controversial Department of Justice lawyer Lisa Page and Peter Strzok... were deliberately hidden from Congress, multiple congressional investigators told The Federalist.

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The pair even schemed about how to set up a cocktail or dinner party just so Contreras, Strzok, and Page could speak without arousing suspicion that they were colluding. Strzok expressed concern that a one-on-one meeting between the two men might require Contreras' recusal from matters in which Strzok was involved.

"[REDACTED] suggested a social setting with others would probably be better than a one on one meeting," Strzok told Page. "I'm sorry, I'm just going to have to invite you to that cocktail party."

"Have to come up with some other work people cover for action," Strzok added.

"Why more?" Page responded. "Six is a perfectly fine dinner party."

See the Federalist for more. For some reason, when these emails were turned over to Congress, all the information about Contreras and the dinner-party cover story were redacted.

I wonder if a high-level official at the FBI or DOJ was responsible for this deliberate withholding of information from Congress.

More from Sara A. Carter, including longer text exchanges between Strzok and Page.



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