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

Nov 20, 2018, 01:29
White House again threatens Jim Acosta's pass; CNN seeks hearing

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.

CNN sought an emergency hearing, saying in a Monday court filing that the administration was creating "retroactive due process".

The White House's explanations for why it seized Acosta's hard pass shifted over the week afterwards.

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A Federal judge had already given Acosta a favorable ruling in the case - granting him a temporary restraining order and decreeing that his credentials be returned for 14 days. For the moment, it appears they will not do so. On Friday, Trump said that "rules and regulations" were being drafted to govern news conferences, where the president or his representatives often accuse journalists - Acosta in particular - of being overly hostile.

On a trip to California Saturday, the president emphasized that journalists have to treat the White House with respect, in answering questions about Acosta's situation.

In temporarily restoring Acosta's credentials, U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly said last Friday that the White House had failed to provide due process. The letter from Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Communications Director Bill Shine, says that Trump is "aware of this preliminary decision and concurs".

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During the 8 November news conference, a White House intern tried to take the microphone from Mr Acosta as he attempted to ask the president a follow-up question.

Acosta's credentials were revoked after Trump denounced him as a "rude, awful person" during a November 7 news conference. Ted Boutrous, an attorney representing CNN and Acosta, said they would welcome "a resolution that makes the most sense so everyone can get out of court and get back to their work". His press pass had been revoked after a dust-up at a press conference with President Donald Trump. CNN filed new papers today accusing the Trump administration of violating their constitutional rights by planning to punish Acosta retroactively by applying rules of decorum that aren't written. Trump responded by branding Acosta a "rude, awful person".

Kelly himself emphasized on Friday that he wasn't ruling on the First Amendment issue (yet), only the due process issue, so it's understandable that people would focus on that part of it.

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"If he misbehaves", Trump said, apparently referring to Acosta, "we'll throw him out or we'll stop the news conference".

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".

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