Judge: White House Must Reinstate CNN's Jim Acosta

Pauline Gross
November 16, 2018

The White House suspended the press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta on Wednesday, November 7, hours after President Trump took issue with questions Acosta asked at a news conference.

Kelly, a Trump-appointed judge, granted CNN its request for a temporary restraining order to force the White House to return Acosta's credential.

A visibly angry Mr Trump had called Mr Acosta a "rude, awful person", after CNN's Chief White House correspondent refused the president's orders to sit down and give up the microphone during the news conference. The White House initially justified revoking Acosta's access because they said he placed hands on an intern in the televised news conference.

The judge said the White House's written arguments for banning the reporter were "hardly sufficient to satisfy" Acosta's Fifth Amendment right to due process.

Acosta attempted to ask another question, but Trump wouldn't answer. Within that Acosta, CNN's chief White House correspondent, has become target No 1.

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Acosta has emerged as a hero of the #Resistance after making a habit of shouting and interrupting when Trump and members of his administration are available to the media.

CNN was joined by other news media organizations, who saw high stakes in the case that could cede a degree of editorial control to the White House and threaten the ability of a free press to be a check on presidential power.

The White House had spelled out its reasons in a tweet from Mrs Sanders and in a statement after CNN filed its lawsuit. Though she originally cited Acosta's alleged physical behavior toward the intern, she now said he tried to "monopolize the floor" rather than "yield to other reporters". The White House had argued that CNN could simply send other reporters in Acosta's place, yet Kelly argued that it "does not make the harm to Mr. Acosta any less real". CNN privately sought a resolution for several days before filing suit on Tuesday. "It was the day after the midterms".

"If the president wants to exclude all reporters from the White House grounds, he clearly has the discretion to do that", James Burnham, the lawyer for the defendants, said. "As a matter of law... yes", he said.

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