|Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court|
Assumed office |
May 19, 2016
|Preceded by||Thomas F. Hogan|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia|
Assumed office |
March 23, 2012
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||Ricardo M. Urbina|
December 6, 1962|
New York City, New York, U.S.
Florida State University (BS)|
University of Pennsylvania (JD)
Rudolph Contreras (born December 6, 1962) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. In December 2017 he briefly presided over the case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, accepting Flynn's guilty plea but was later recused from the case. He is also serving as a judge on the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
Early life and education
Contreras was born in 1962 in Staten Island, New York to Cuban immigrant parents and raised in Miami, Florida. He received a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University in 1984 and a Juris Doctor from University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1991.
Federal judicial service
On July 28, 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Contreras to fill a vacancy on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He would replace Judge Ricardo M. Urbina who took senior status in 2011. On October 4, 2011, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on his nomination and on October 3, 2011, reported his nomination to the floor of the Senate. On March 22, 2012, the Senate confirmed Contreras in a voice vote. He received his commission on March 23, 2012.
In April 2016 Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Contreras to the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for a term starting May 19, 2016.
In 2017 Contreras was randomly assigned the case of United States of America v. Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser to President Donald Trump. The two page indictment was released on December 1, 2017. Contreras accepted Flynn's guilty plea to one count of making false statements to the FBI in the course of their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The guilty plea was part of a plea bargain with the Special Counsel investigation led by Robert S. Mueller III. On December 7, 2017, Contreras was recused from further sentencing hearings scheduled to take place in the future. The case was randomly reassigned to District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan. According to several reputable sources text messages show that Peter Strzok, a veteran FBI counterintelligence official who worked on the Flynn case as part of Mueller’s team, knew Contreras.
- MyLife.com profile
- "Senate Judicial Questionnaire" (PDF).
- Tillman, Zoe (July 29, 2011). "Former Colleagues Weigh In on Rudolph Contreras Nomination". The Blog of Legal Times. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
- The White House: Office of the Press Secretary (July 28, 2011). "President Obama Nominates Two to the United States District Court". whitehouse.gov. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
- "Contreras, Rudolph - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
- "fas.org, THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE COURT: 2016 Membership".
- DeBonis, Mike (18 November 2016). "Judge dashes Merrick Garland's final, faint hope for a Supreme Court seat". The Washington Post. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
- "Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI in Russia Probe". Retrieved 2017-12-08.
- "Judge recuses in Michael Flynn case". POLITICO. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
- "Judge presiding over Michael Flynn criminal case is recused: court". Reuters. 2017-12-08. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
- Rudolph Contreras at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Rudolph Contreras at Ballotpedia
Ricardo M. Urbina
| Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Thomas F. Hogan
| Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court|