Judge Rudolph Contreras, Who Presided Over Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s Case and recused himself, Is Now Sued for Declarative Relief of Impeachment

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Judge Contreras is added as the 26th judicial defendant in the lawsuit that California Attorney Yi Tai Shao filed against 8 Justices of the US Supreme Court, at the time six weeks after he was assigned as the presiding judge based on alleged 8 violations of 18 USC §2071 and 18 USC §371.

Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy announced retirement 13 days after he was served with process of this case.

Judge Rudolph Contreras, the same federal judge prosecuting President Trump's prior National Security Advisor Michael Flynn in September 2017, is added to be the 26th judge sued in the case where he was assigned, i.e, Shao v. Roberts, et al. (Roberts is the last name of the first named defendant, Chief Justice John G. Roberts) with case number of 1:18-cv-01233. Within mere six weeks following assignment, Judge Contreras and his civil case administrator at the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, Jackie Francis, are added to be new defendants in this proceeding by the First Amended Complaint that was filed with the court on June 29, 2018.

The lawsuit, Shao v. Roberts (last name of the first named defendant Chief Justice John G. Roberts), et al, with case number of 1:18-cv-01233 filed with the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, was reported in the news release of June 21, 2018 with the heading of “Justices of the US Supreme Court are Sued for a Declarative relief of Impeachment by a California Attorney Regarding their Relationship with the American Inns of Court." See, http://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/06/prweb15551545.htm.

According to Wikipedia, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, who is the first named defendant in this case, had appointed Judge Contreras to his second judicial seat at the U.S. Intelligence Surveillance Court in 2016. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolph_Contreras. Yet, Judge Contreras did not disclose his personal relationship with a named defendant in this case when he was assigned as the presiding judge. See lack of any disclosure on the case docket of 1:18-cv-01233, USDC in D.C.

There is a similar criticism that Judge Contreras also did not disclose his friendship with Mr. Flynn's prosecuting FBI agent Peter Strzok in 2017. See, e.g., "Texts show judge who recused himself in Flynn case was friendly with FBI agent involved in probe," Washington Post, March 16, 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/texts-show-judge-who-recused-himself-in-flynn-case-was-friendly-with-fbi-agent-involved-in-probe/2018/03/16/3b3736f2-293d-11e8-b79d-f3d931db7f68_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.47fc8908bfaf. See also, "Strzok-Page texts reveal personal relationship between FBI official and judge recused from Flynn case," Fox News, March 16, 2018. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/03/16/strzok-page-texts-reveal-personal-relationship-between-fbi-official-and-judge-recused-from-flynn-case.html.

According to the Court’s record, Plaintiff Yi Tai Shao just filed a motion to disqualify Judge Rudolph Contreras from presiding in this case on July 6, 2018 with 74 pages of evidence. In the same motion, Ms. Shao further requested the case to be transferred to the U.S. District Court in New York as a neutral forum. We will see if the case suing the eight Justices of the US Supreme Court will be transferred away from the D.C. to the U.S. District Court in New York.

According to the Court’s records, the eight Justices at the US Supreme Court were served with the Summons on June 14. 13 days thereafter, on June 27, 2018, Justice Anthony Kennedy, announced retirement.

Regarding the declarative relief for impeachment that is sought against 12 judicial officers and 3 other clerks, House Judiciary Committee, Senate Judiciary Committee as well as Senate Diane Feinstein and Representative Eric Swalwell are sued for the declarative relief that the 15 federal judges/employees (including 8 Justices at the Supreme Court) should be impeached.

The 12 federal judges including 8 Justices at the Supreme Court (Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Justice Anthony Kennedy, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Samuel Alito, Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayer) , 1 Judge at the Ninth Circuit (Judge J. Clifford Wallace at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal), 2 Judges at the U.S. District Court in Northern California (Judge Edward Davila and Judge Lucy Koh) and now Judge Contreras and his civil case administrator Jackie Francis at the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.

Presently, according to the First Amended Complaint, there are 67 defendants including 4 courts and 26 Justices/Judges/Commissioner are sued in this case of Shao v. Roberts (the last name of Chief Justice John G. Roberts), et al.

For more information on this case, please use the governmental pacer account to access the case information of 1:18-cv-01233 at U.S.D.C. in the District of Columbia, or contact Attorney Yi Tai Shao at (408) 873-3888. Ms. Shao’s office is located at 4900 Hopyard Road, Ste. 100; Pleasanton, California 94588-7101. Her contacting email is attorneyshao@aol.com.

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