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White House To Pull Acosta's Pass Again After Temporary Court Order Expires

November 19, 2018

The White House will pull CNN correspondent Jim Acosta's press credentials again after a 14-day temporary court-order expires, according to the network, which has asked for an emergency hearing to defend Acosta's access. 

 

"Friday's court ruling means that a temporary restraining order is in effect for 14 days.

But [White House] officials sent Acosta a letter stating that his press pass is set to be suspended again once the restraining order expires," reports CNN's Brian Stelter. 

 

CNN said in a statement that rescinding Acosta's press pass again would threaten "all journalists and news organizations." 

 

"The White House is continuing to violate the First and 5th Amendments of the Constitution," the network said, adding: "These actions threaten all journalists and news organizations. Jim Acosta and CNN will continue to report the news about the White House and the President."

 

Acosta's press credentials were pulled after a heated exchange with President Trump in which the CNN Senior White House correspondent refused to relinquish the microphone - batting a White House intern's arm away as she attempted to take it from him. 

 

U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly last Friday granted CNN’s request to restore Acosta's hard press pass through a 14-day temporary injunction that expires on Nov. 30.

 

The ruling was limited, however, with Kelly stating that only Acosta's Fifth Amendment rights to due process were violated. The judge, who was appointed by Trump, did not issue a ruling on whether the correspondent's First Amendment rights were violated.

 

"I want to emphasize the very limited nature of this ruling," Kelly said Friday. -The Hill

 

Following the decision, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that officials would "temporarily" reinstate Acosta's hard pass, telegraphing that it would likely be pulled again once the ruling expired. 

 

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