White House Fully Restores Jim Acosta’s Press Pass

White House Fully Restores Jim Acosta’s Press Pass

Kerry Wise
November 20, 2018

The rules come after a judge ordered the White House to reinstate the press pass for CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, who angered President Donald Trump by asking more than one question.

In a filing on Monday, CNN and Acosta asked for an expedited hearing next week after top White House communications officials told Acosta in a letter late on Friday that it had already made a decision to suspend his pass once the two-week restraining order expires.

The White House has restored the press credentials of CNN's chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta, and as a result, CNN will drop its lawsuit against the Trump administration, the network announced.

The attorney for CNN and Acosta claimed in a Monday court filing that the White House was attempting to punish Acosta based on "retroactive" application of rules that aren't written and requested a hearing for the week of November 26.

In a statement about the letter on Sunday, CNN said: "The White House is continuing to violate the First and Fifth Amendments of the Constitution".

A judge last week issued a ruling of a "limited nature" that restored Acosta's credentials temporarily while a CNN lawsuit against the administration proceeds. You can't give notice after taking official action, though; due process typically requires giving the person being targeted a chance to make his case before the government acts.

White House officials Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Bill Shine sent Acosta a letter explaining his status.

Ms Sanders called his behaviour "absolutely unacceptable", and later tweeted a video of the incident that others said was "doctored".

But Trump appears eager to advance an argument about White House press corps "decorum", no matter how hypocritical.

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"That's enough, that's enough", Mr Trump said as a White House intern attempted to take the microphone from Acosta.

Dan Gainor of Media Research Center says Acosta is already getting on his colleagues' nerves - although publicly they all say they support his antics.

But in a new court filing on Monday morning, CNN's lawyers said the defendants "did not respond to this offer to cooperate".

Such an injunction could be in effect for much longer, thereby protecting Acosta's access to the White House.

Such move would likely spark more litigation against the White House.

"The fact that he was appointed by Trump, I'm sure, is part of him trying to be cautious here so it looks like the judiciary is fair", Gainor states.

Trump seemed to shrug off the loss, telling Fox's Chris Wallace in an interview that "it's not a big deal".

"And if he misbehaves, we'll throw him out, or we'll stop the news conference", Trump added, referring to Acosta.