After CNN’s Senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta was banned from the White House last week, the liberal network threw a legal temper-tantrum.
CNN used an army of lawyers to force the White House to restore Acosta’s press pass — but President Donald Trump has an ace up his sleeve.
Acosta’s press pass has been restored under a temporary court order.
So, Trump is simply going to suspend his new pass once that order expires.
The White House sent Acosta a letter saying it had made the “preliminary decision” to suspend his pass. The White House said Acosta would continue to hold his credentials while the 14-day judge’s order was in effect.
After that, he’s back out.
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The White House argues Acosta did not follow “basic standards” when he repeatedly interrupted President Donald Trump at a news conference and refused to give up his microphone to other reporters. Acosta tussled briefly with a White House intern when she tried to take the microphone from him.
The letter from Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Communications Director Bill Shine, says that Trump is “aware of this preliminary decision and concurs.”
CNN sought an emergency hearing, saying in a Monday court filing that the administration was creating “retroactive due process.” The network tweeted that the White House “is continuing to violate the First and Fifth amendments of the Constitution.”
The White House revoked Acosta’s credentials after he and Trump tangled verbally during a Nov. 7 press conference. In the Friday ruling, the judge restored Acosta’s credentials temporarily while a CNN lawsuit against the administration proceeds.
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Trump has called for more “decorum” at the White House and has said staff is “writing up rules and regulations” for reporters.
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