Published: Tue, November 20, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

White House again threatens Jim Acosta's pass; CNN seeks hearing

White House again threatens Jim Acosta's pass; CNN seeks hearing

CNN reporter Jim Acosta had his White House pass taken away earlier this month after a confrontation with President Trump at a press conference.

But shortly after the issue was handed down, the White House sent a letter to Acosta, saying they would not renew his press pass when the court order expires at the end of the month.

Karl does note, in his report, that the White House "reserves the right to revoke Acosta's pass if he violates White House decorum in the future" - giving them the opening to change their mind once again.

CNN has filed a suit against the Trump administration, claiming that by their actions they had violated the First and Fifth Amendments of the US Constitution.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly temporarily restored Acosta's credential. The letter from Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Communications Director Bill Shine, says that Trump is "aware of this preliminary decision and concurs". Trump responded by branding Acosta a "rude, bad person". Lawyers for CNN responded Monday by filing for an emergency hearing the week after Thanksgiving, "or as soon thereafter as possible". Late Friday, top officials named as defendants in the suit from CNN and Acosta suggested that the "preliminary" decision to revoke Acosta's pass earlier this month could be final if he doesn't submit materials to argue his case by November 18, for a final decision November 19.

Trump, who has long blasted the media, and often targeted Acosta, said on "Fox News Sunday" that the judge's decision was "not a big deal" and that the White House would establish rules for the press. Acosta then refused to pass the microphone to a female White House aide and there was brief contact between the two.

"People have to behave", he told reporters Friday in response to questions about Acosta, adding, "we're writing up rules and regulations to make our position". Since Kelly was following Sherrill, there's every reason to believe that the White House would have lost even if it had dotted its I's and crossed its T's on notifying Acosta beforehand that his pass was about to disappear. "It turns out that press access to the White House is grounded very much in tradition rather than in plain-letter law". Several prominent USA media outlets, including Fox News, CBS, and ABC, have supported CNN's suit.

Mr Trump erupted into anger during a news conference when Acosta questioned him about the so-called migrant caravan travelling through Mexico and about an ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

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