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20 November 2018, 01:31 | Tara Lloyd
Freedom of the Press Upheld As Judge Orders White House to Reinstate CNN Reporter
CNN argued it violated the network's and Acosta's First and Fifth Amendment rights. "These actions threaten all journalists and news organizations".
U.S. President Donald Trump gets into an exchange with CNN reporter Jim Acosta during a news conference a day after the midterm elections on November 7, 2018 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.
"Defendants did not respond to this offer to cooperate", CNN's lawyers said.
Last Friday CNN won a temporary restraining order, forcing the White House to restore Acosta's press access to the White House for 14 days. He contends Judge Kelly was intentionally careful in his ruling. Failure to abide by any of rules (1)-(3) may result in suspension or revocation of the journalist's hard pass.
Acosta's "hard pass" - which gave him expedited access to the White House grounds - was suspended November 7 after he got into a contentious exchange during a news conference being held by President Donald Trump, and it was expected that the White House would again attempt to ban Acosta after a series of legal threats in emails and court filings, Fox Newsreported. "President Trump believes strongly in the First Amendment, and a free press and is the most accessible President in modern history", Sanders said.
In issuing these rules, the White House apparently hopes to be able to suspend reporters' credentials without running afoul of due process protections.
One of the reasons the judge reinstated the press pass is because the White House didn't seem to give an explanation for their decision or offer due process.
Dan Gainor of Media Research Center says Acosta is already getting on his colleagues' nerves - although publicly they all say they support his antics.
Such move would likely spark more litigation against the White House.
The White House opposed the request for an emergency hearing, writing in response to the court: "Not only is there no "emergency" right now, it is impossible to know at this point whether next steps are necessary, much less what those steps should be".
Why'd the White House back down when it looked this morning like they were planning to fight on?
Trump seemed to shrug off the loss, telling Fox's Chris Wallace in an interview that "it's not a big deal". His press pass had been revoked after a dust-up at a press conference with President Donald Trump.
Mr Trump erupted into anger during a news conference when Acosta questioned him about the so-called migrant caravan travelling through Mexico and about an ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Trump later called Acosta's behaviour distracting and disrespectful.
TPM has reached out to the White House for a copy of the letter it sent CNN Monday.
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