Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Judge orders White House to return Jim Acosta’s press pass

Judge orders White House to return Jim Acosta’s press pass

Acosta's White House "hard pass" must be immediately restored, according to Judge Timothy Kelly.

Later, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused Acosta of "placing his hands" on the intern, which he clearly didn't do.

However, instead of everyone accepting some blame and moving on, Trump's team chose to throw a White House intern under the bus instead and allege she had been inappropriately touched by Acosta during the incident.

The judge's order says that the pass must be reinstated as a CNN lawsuit against Donald Trump continues.

The judge said that CNN is likely to succeed on Fifth Amendment grounds and that the harm to Acosta outweighs the government's need for an orderly press conference.

During the 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.

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He left open the possibility, however, that the White House could seek to revoke it again if it provided that due process, emphasizing the "very limited" nature of his ruling and saying he was not making a judgment on the First Amendment claims that CNN and Acosta have made.

Kelly also criticized the White House's changing story about why it revoked Acosta's credential.

Outside the courtroom, Acosta spoke to reporters and thanked other journalists for their support in the case.

The Trump appointee declared that precedent has been set that the White House should have given Acosta due process before taking away his credential and that harm to the reporter has already occurred.

"This was a bad day for the president", Boutrous responded.

During Wednesday's hearing, Trump's legal team argued POTUS can ban all reporters from the White House for any reason, should he so desire. insisting "There is no First Amendment right".

A CNN spokesman said after the ruling: "We are gratified with this result and we look forward to a full resolution in the coming days". "As a matter of law... yes", he said.

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