White House Plans to Pull Jim Acosta's Hard Pass Again

White House Plans to Pull Jim Acosta's Hard Pass Again

White House Plans to Pull Jim Acosta's Hard Pass Again

CNN requested an emergency hearing Monday after the White House warned reporter Jim Acosta that it would again suspend his press pass after a two-week restraining order expires.

CNN reported on Sunday night that the White House has sent a letter to Acosta informing him of that planned action.

"The White House is continuing to violate the First and Fifth Amendments of the constitution", the network said in a statement on Sunday.

The Trump administration also unveiled a new set of guidelines for reporters at presidential press conferences, CNN said.

UPDATE: NBC News reports, "CNN has asked the court for an emergency hearing on Monday afternoon".

In accepting the ruling, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the White House would "temporarily" reinstate Acosta's hard pass. "It adds that "'Yielding the floor' includes. physically surrendering the microphone to White House staff".




It was widely believed earlier on Monday that the White House would again attempt to ban Acosta from the White House after legal threats were exchanged in a series of emails and court filings. "It would be a great loss for all if, instead of relying on the professionalism of White House journalists, we were compelled to devise a lengthy and detailed code of conduct for White House events". It was unclear whether the White House provided reasons that would somehow pass for due process in the eyes of the judge or a chance for Acosta to respond.

In his closing remarks, Kelly made clear that the ruling, which is only the beginning of the court proceedings to decide Acosta's White House access, was narrow and didn't determine whether or not Acosta's First Amendment right was violated. In that confrontation, Acosta refused to cede the microphone to a White House aide.

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. The White House reminded the reporter that he would be stripped of his pass again when the injunction expires.

Jim Acosta returned to the White House after his credentials were unrevoked by court order.

Even Fox News backed CNN in this lawsuit. "We're doing that. We're going to write them up right now", Trump said. Trump later called Acosta's behaviour distracting and disrespectful. "It's not a big deal and if he misbehaves, we'll throw him out or we'll stop the news conference", Trump said.

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