Judge rules White House must return access to CNN reporter Jim Acosta

Lamar Ellis
November 16, 2018

However, instead of everyone accepting some blame and moving on, Trump's team made a decision to throw a White House intern under the bus instead and allege she had been inappropriately touched by Acosta during the incident.

Still, "I have not determined the First Amendment was violated here", Kelly said. When a White House intern tried to take the mic away from Acosta, he continued to hold onto it.

The judge said there should be a due process in place for limiting a journalist's access to the White House.

"I want to thank all of my colleagues in the press who supported us this week", he said. Later, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused Acosta of "placing his hands" on the intern, which he clearly didn't do.

However, Judge Kelly warned on Friday that the battle for CNN was not over.

The White House revoked Acosta's credentials after he and Trump tangled during a press conference last week. "Let's get back to work". The news network was seeking an immediate restraining order that would force the White House to hand back Acosta's credentials, which grant reporters access into the 18-acre complex.

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That is one of the reasons why most of the country's major news organizations have backed CNN's lawsuit, turning this into an important test of press freedom. After all, the president has fueded with Acosta and CNN for a long time.

CNN is also suing for a "declaration that the revocation of Acosta's press credentials was unconstitutional". Schlapp said "I'm not going to get into any internal deliberations that are happening".

In a hearing in federal court on Wednesday, Justice Department attorney James Burnham said the president has the authority to ban reporters from the White House, The Washington Post reported.

"We do not believe that revoking White House press credentials is an appropriate remedy for a disagreement the White House may have with a particular reporter", CBS News said in a statement.

The cable news giant's lawsuit against Trump and several of his senior aides marks a major escalation in the crisis of relations between Trump and what he calls "fake news" and the "enemy of the people".

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