Judge orders White House to return CNN reporter's pass

Cheryl Sanders
November 16, 2018

A US judge has ordered the White House to restore access to a reporter of the CNN who was barred from the seat of power.

A White House intern then attempted to take a microphone away from Acosta, who continued to ask questions as Trump dismissed him.

A federal judge ruled in favor of CNN on Friday, allowing the network's star reporter Jim Acosta to temporarily regain access to his White House press credential.

This is not the end of the road in this fight.


Acosta has emerged as a hero of the #Resistance after making a habit of shouting and interrupting when Trump and members of his administration are available to the media. Initially, the White House used doctored video footage to claim that Acosta put his hands on a White House intern, a claim Kelly said was of "questionable accuracy", according to McLeod.

Whatever process occurred is "shrouded in mystery", Kelly said. He thanked the judge for the decision he made. "And let's go back to work".

In response, CNN attorney Ted Boutrous said the government had a "warped view" of the First and Fifth amendments. The next steps remain to be seen.

A hard pass is essential for White House reporters because it provides access to areas designated for journalists in the West Wing, on Air Force One, and in other secured areas during presidential trips, which are routinely covered by the White House press corps.


This result means that Acosta will have his access to the White House restored for at least a short period of time.

"Our honest thanks to all who have supported not just CNN, but a free, strong and independent American press".

"During the 90-minute session at the White House on that November 7, Trump snapped at Acosta after the reporter asked whether the president had "demonized immigrants" by calling a caravan of Central American migrants 'an invasion'". It argued that the standard should be whether the reporter was "disorderly", "rude" or "grandstanding". CNN's suit alleged that Trump and other administration members violated Acosta's constitutional rights by preventing him from entering into and reporting on 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.


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