U.S. judge presiding over Michael Flynn criminal case is recused: court

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 07, 2017 7:32 PM

By Sarah N. Lynch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia judge presiding over the criminal case for President Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has been recused from handling the case, a court spokeswoman said on Thursday.

According to a court filing, U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras, who presided over a Dec. 1 hearing where Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia, will no longer handle the case.

Now, Flynn's sentencing will be overseen by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan.

Court spokeswoman Lisa Klem did not say why Contreras was recused, and added that the case was randomly reassigned.

(Reporting by Sarah N. LynchEditing by Sandra Maler)