White House must restore CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press pass, judge rules

White House must restore CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press pass, judge rules”

CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta smiles as he departs after a judge temporarily restored his White House press credentials following a hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington, Nov. 16, 2018.

In response, CNN attorney Ted Boutrous said the government had a "warped view" of the First and Fifth amendments.

Mr Trump said "that's enough" and a White House intern unsuccessfully tried to take the microphone from the CNN journalist.

"If at some point after restoring the hard pass the government would like to move to vacate the restraining order on the grounds that it has fulfilled its due process obligations then it may, of course, do so and I will promptly address that and then the remaining basis of the (temporary restraining order)", U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly said.

Mr Kelly has said the United States government could not say who initially made a decision to revoke Mr Acosta's hard pass. Within that Acosta, CNN's chief White House correspondent, has become target No 1.

There's a lot of stock being put in how Kelly rules on the TRO; Stelter said CNN would take it as a sign the judge is not buying what it's selling in its argument about Trump's act of aggression against Acosta violating its First and Fifth Amendment rights. However, the dynamic devolved into a near-shouting match during a combative press conference last week following midterm elections in which Republicans lost control of the House.

"The White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice", said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders hours later, referring to Mr Acosta. On Thursday, Washington Post asked White House Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp if Trump would pull other reporters' passes; she declined to answer. "We intend to file a friend of the court brief in support of CNN's lawsuit to defend its constitutional rights".

CNN is also suing for a "declaration that the revocation of Acosta's press credentials was unconstitutional".

The network's lawyer, Theodore Boutrous, contended that Acosta was being singled out for his White House coverage, not his alleged rudeness during a news conference.

In an interview published Wednesday in The Daily Caller, Trump called Acosta "bad for the country".

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