The White House on Monday abruptly dropped its effort to bar CNN reporter Jim Acosta from the White House. However, it said going forward, reporters would be permitted one question each if called upon at news conferences and allowed follow-ups only at the discretion of the president. CNN said that, as a result, it has dropped its lawsuit against the White House filed on Acosta’s behalf.
A federal judge temporarily restored Jim Acosta’s White House press credentials, but didn’t rule on the CNN correspondent’s First Amendment claims.
U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, an appointee of President Donald Trump, announced his decision following a hearing. The judge said Acosta’s credentials would be returned immediately and reactivated to allow him access to the White House. The suit by CNN alleges that Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights were violated by suspending his hard pass. While the judge didn’t rule on the underlying case, he signaled they were likely to prevail in their claims.
Judge Timothy Kelly was set to bring everyone back into DC District Court on Thursday at 3 p.m. ET to announce his decision, one day after CNN and the DOJ spent two hours pitching their side to the judge. Now it’s been put off until 10 a.m. on Friday.
CNN has sued the White House for pulling Jim Acosta’s press credentials. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Washington, D.C., District Court. CNN claims the revocation of Acosta’s press pass violates the constitutional rights to freedom on the press and due process. CNN is asking for an immediate restraining order to return Acosta to the White House.
Al Tompkins and Kelly McBride: “We want journalists to ask questions and seek truth. But Jim Acosta’s encounter Wednesday at a White House press conference was less about asking questions and more about making statements. In doing so, the CNN White House reporter gave President Donald Trump room to critique Acosta’s professionalism.”
Press secretary Sarah Sanders distributed an altered video of CNN’s Jim Acosta that made his actions at a news conference look more aggressive toward a White House intern.