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Inside The Courtroom Where A Judge Calmly Upheld Congress’ Probe Into Trump’s Finances

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 22: President Donald Trump arrives for a press conference in the Rose Garden at the White House May 22, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump spoke about Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian inter... WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 22: President Donald Trump arrives for a press conference in the Rose Garden at the White House May 22, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump spoke about Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. He also responded to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying he was engaged in a cover up. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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May 22, 2019 6:25 p.m.

Manhattan federal judge Edgardo Ramos may have issued a striking rebuke of Trump’s position that it is illegal for Congress to investigate his finances today, but the way he did it was surprising.

I was in the courtroom where Ramos issued his 25-page ruling from the bench, calmly and methodically intoning his way through an opinion that dismantled the President’s legal position.

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