CNN reporter returns to White House after pass reinstated

CNN journalist Jim Acosta does a standup before a new conference with President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington. CNN sued the Trump administration Tuesday demanding that corresponden

Trump seeks to land blow against media in court fight with CNN

A judge in Washington DC has ordered the White House to return CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press pass after it was revoked by the US Secret Service.

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.

But CNN fought back and filed a lawsuit Tuesday morning saying the revocation was a violation of his First Amendment rights of freedom of the press.

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.

The White House called the lawsuit "grandstanding" and said CNN has almost 50 other journalists who can cover the White House, and Mr. Acosta's access is not critical to the cause of press freedom.

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".

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