White House told to return CNN reporter's pass

Saul Bowman
November 17, 2018

Trump was "right on point" to call Acosta "rude" during the exchange, the network said.

But the judge will rule on all of that later.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta speaks with reporters outside of the US District courthouse. After all, the president has fueded with Acosta and CNN for a long time.

The judge said on Friday that Acosta's credentials would be returned immediately and reactivated to allow him access to the White House.

Kelly noted that there have been plenty of contentious, unrelenting journalists covering presidents through the years - and none had ever been stripped of their ability to cover the White House.

Following the ruling, the White House said it would "temporarily" reinstate Acosta's press pass. Kelly said there should be a due process in place for limiting a journalist's access to the White House.

"In response to the court, we will temporarily reinstate the reporter's hard pass", she said. "And if he misbehaves, we'll throw him out or we'll stop the news conference".

This claim did not originate with a news report, a press release, or someone with firsthand knowledge of the incident; rather it was based exclusively on the observation that the woman who took the mic from Acosta bore a passing resemblance to Walters.

Donald Trump's Rules and Regulations of Decorum is in keeping with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders ominous statement shortly after the court ordered the immediate return of Acosta's badge, saying, "Today the court made clear that there is no absolute First Amendment right to access the White House".


"The government must provide Mr. Acosta with due process", Kelly said. I'll say, 'Thank you very much, everybody. "He is totally and completely unlikable".

The White House's explanations for why it seized Acosta's credentials have shifted over the past week.

The judge, however, said the number of other credentialed press pass holder does not make "the harm to Acosta any less irreparable".

Trump claims Acosta "laid his hands" on the female staff member after he gently moved the microphone away. "This conduct is absolutely unacceptable", Sanders said.

President Donald Trump also defended the video and denied that it had been edited, despite multiple analyses that suggest it was altered to show a sped-up version of Acosta's movements as the intern approached him.

Burnham said that the White House is essentially President Trump's home and office and that he has some right to decide who can and can't be there.

Outside the courtroom, Acosta spoke to reporters and thanked other journalists for their support in the case. The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it's an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this administration.

The case had become a test of press freedom under President Trump, who has routinely clashed with reporters, called them "stupid", disparaged news reports as "fake news" and attacked news publications.

"It's not an invasion", Acosta insisted.

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