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The White House is restoring CNN’s Jim Acosta’s press pass

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Donald Trump spars with CNN’s Jim Acosta at a press
conference.

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  • CNN announced Monday that the White House is reinstating
    reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass — three days after a federal
    judge ordered the administration to do so.
  • The cable news network is dropping its lawsuit against the
    administration for what they believe were First Amendment and due
    process violations. 
  • The Trump administration revoked Acosta’s credentials on
    November 7 after a combative exchange at a press conference in
    which Acosta and President Donald Trump argued about a question
    Acosta asked.

CNN announced Monday that the White House is reinstating reporter
Jim Acosta’s press pass — three days after a federal judge
ordered the administration to do so — and the network is
consequently dropping its lawsuit against the administration.

The Trump administration
revoked Acosta’s credentials
on November 7 after a combative
exchange at a press conference in which Acosta and President
Donald Trump argued about a question Acosta asked.

Trump called Acosta a “rude, terrible person,” and a White House
staffer attempted to grab the microphone from Acosta’s hand,
though he twisted away from her.

In its lawsuit, the cable news
network argued that revoking Acosta’s pass violated the First
Amendment right of freedom of the press, as well as CNN’s and
Acosta’s Fifth Amendment right to due process. In an unexpected
move, Trump’s favorite news outlet — Fox News —
supported CNN’s legal challenge
and filed an
amicus brief in the case along with several other news
organizations, holding that the White House cannot bar reporters
“for arbitrary reasons.”

The Trump administration pushed back in court and to the media,
arguing that it has broad discretion over reporters’ press passes
and that the First Amendment doesn’t grant Acosta the right to
enter the White House.

Read more: Fox News announces it’s supporting
CNN’s lawsuit against the Trump administration for revoking Jim
Acosta’s press pass

Though US District Judge Timothy Kelly didn’t rule on Friday on
whether Acosta’s constitutional rights had been violated, he held
that revoking the pass had done “irreparable harm.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a
statement later on Friday that the White House would comply with
the judge’s order and temporarily reinstate Acosta’s credentials.

“Today, the court made clear that there is no absolute First
Amendment right to access the White House. In response to the
court, we will temporarily reinstate the reporter’s hard pass,”
Sanders said. “We will also further develop rules and processes
to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future. There
must be decorum at the White House.”

Michelle Mark contributed to this report.

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