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White House plans to let Jim Acosta’s press pass expire; CNN responds

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CNN
reporter Jim Acosta had his White House pass taken away earlier
this month after a confrontation with President Trump at a press
conference.


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Balce Ceneta/AP



  • The White House took away CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s hard
    press pass after he got into a heated exchange with President
    Donald Trump at a press conference on November 7.
  • Last week, a judge ordered the White House to temporarily
    reinstate Acosta’s press pass while he looks into the issue and
    makes a final ruling.
  • But shortly after the issue was handed down, the White House
    sent a letter to Acosta, saying they would not renew his press
    pass when the court order expires at the end of the month.
  • CNN responded to the White House’s letter by filing an update
    in court, which will likely force the judge to step in again.

The drama between the White House and Jim Acosta isn’t over yet.

Acosta, CNN’s chief White House correspondent, lost his press
pass earlier this month, after getting into a heated exchange
with President Donald Trump at a November 7 media briefing.

On Friday, Acosta won a major victory when he sued and a judge
ordered the White House to temporarily reinstate his press pass
while the judge looks into the case and makes a final ruling.

But just hours after that ruling was handed down, Acosta says he
received a letter from the White House, announcing their
intentions not to renew his press pass when the court order
expires at the end of the month.

All of this was detailed by CNN in a
progress report
filed in court on Monday.


white house letter 1
CNN


white house letter 2
Above
is a copy of the letter that the White House sent Acosta on
Friday.


CNN


The report says that CNN had intended to “resolve this dispute
amicably” by working with the White House and the White House
Correspondents’ Association “to establish protocols” for press
conferences “on a going forward basis.”

“Defendants did not respond to this offer to cooperate,” CNN’s
lawyers said.

Instead, the White House sent the letter, which laid out their
reasons for revoking Acosta’s press pass and gave him until
Sunday night to respond to their complaints.

One of the reasons the judge reinstated the press pass is because
the White House didn’t seem to give an explanation for their
decision or offer due process.

CNN says the letter appears to be an attempt to “provide
retroactive due process.”

If the White House does indeed let Acosta’s press pass expire
after 14 days, the judge may be forced to reinstate the court
order.


Read more:

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

For his part,
Trump has said the issue is “not a big deal.”

In an interview with
Fox News
, which was recorded on Friday after the judge’s
ruling, Trump said his staff planned to come up with a code of
conduct for press briefings to address the issue. No such rules
have been put in place before.

“What they said though was that we have to create rules and
regulations for conduct, etc., etc.,” Trump told Fox News host
Chris Wallace. “We’re doing that. We’re going to write them up
right now — it’s not a big deal.”

“And if he misbehaves, we’ll throw him out, or we’ll stop the
news conference,” Trump added, referring to Acosta.

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. 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.”

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