White House says it will ‘temporarily’ reinstate CNN reporter’s pass

White House says it will ‘temporarily’ reinstate CNN reporter’s pass

Kerry Wise
November 17, 2018

In its lawsuit filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, CNN said the White House violated the First Amendment right to free speech as well as the due process clause of the Constitution providing fair treatment through judicial process.

Kelly - who was appointed by President Donald Trump - criticized how the White House handled the situation, saying that their decision to revoke Acosta's credential was "so shrouded in mystery that the government could not tell me. who made the decision", according to BuzzFeed News' Paul McLeod.

Ultimately, Kelly says CNN successfully proved it will suffer irreparable harm as a result of the administration taking away Acosta's pass. He didn't address the First Amendment claim.

But the judge will rule on all of that later.

"This is just any other day at the White House for me and I would like to get back to work", he said. In fact, White House reporters have been complaining for months that briefings are increasingly few and far between, with weeks sometimes passing before they get a glimpse of Sanders. Kelly said he agreed with the government's argument that there was no First Amendment right to come onto the White House grounds.

The attorney representing the White House in the hearings this week claimed that the president had the total right to determine who would or would not be allowed in to cover it.

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Kelly, a Trump appointee to the bench, said that his ruling was based on "due process" for the journalist, and that he would hold additional proceedings on the constitutional issues at stake, including the First Amendment free press guarantee.

Judge Kelly added that the White House is required to restore his White House access, but is under no obligation to call on him during questions. Since the judge's ruling Friday is only a temporary order, it leaves enough room for the White House to whip up a new set of rules that govern reporters' access and limits inside the White House grounds.

When Costa asked if the White House is considering yanking other press passes. But right now, the White House has no alternative than to let Acosta back on the beat.

He said the White House position on that conduct was clear and not discriminatory.

The White House pulled Acosta's credentials hours later. On November 13, Ms. Sanders accused Mr. Acosta of being unprofessional by trying to dominate the questioning at the news conference. The lawsuit listed six defendants for their "roles in enforcing and announcing Acosta's suspension", and if the woman in charge of the microphone were actually the White House Deputy Press Secretary and not just an intern, it's likely that Walters would have also been named in the lawsuit.

During the presidential campaign in 2015 and 2016, Trump banned more than a dozen news organisations from his rallies and public events, including The Post. Tellingly, Trump´s most friendly outlet, Fox News, joined the suit calling for Acosta´s pass to be returned.