In a victory for the cable network and for press access generally, Judge Timothy J. Kelly granted CNN's motion for a temporary restraining order that will prevent the administration from keeping Acosta off the White House grounds.
CNN's White House correspondent Jim Acosta arrives for a hearing at the U.S. District Court on November 16, 2018 in Washington. So we're setting up a certain standard which is what the court is requesting and always be fair to the press, always First Amendment, but that's the way it is.
What should also be noted is that other media outlets like Fox News joined CNN in the lawsuit against the White House.
But the judge will rule on all of that later.
He thanked the judge for the ruling then added, "Let's go back to work".
The White House explanations for why it seized Acosta's credentials have shifted over the last week.
"President Trump wants it to be a free-for-all", CNN's lawyer said.
"Journalists need to know that their first amendment rights are sacred", he said.
The president, who regularly denigrates reporting he does not like as "fake news, repeatedly has singled out CNN for particular criticism".
"Today, the court made clear there is no absolute right to access the White House".
The judge is a Trump appointee.
Boutrous told the judge that Acosta was not given "due process" as he was not informed in advance that his credentials would be revoked, nor was he given a way to appeal the decision prior to being suddenly prevented from re-entering the grounds of the White House.
While speaking to Washington Post reporter Robert Costa at the paper's "A New Era of Women in Politics" event, Mercedes Schlapp, White House director of strategic communications, said the video tweeted by Sanders was not edited. "Whatever process occurred within the government is still so shrouded in mystery that the government at oral argument could not tell me who made the initial decision to revoke Mr. Acosta's press pass", Kelly said in his verbal ruling. "If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a unsafe chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials".
The White House pulled Acosta's credentials hours later. "Decorum. You can't take three questions and four questions".
Acosta had pressed Trump about his lies about Central American immigrants, prompting the president to become angry and to try to move on to another reporter.
She contended Trump "has given the press more access than any president in history".