|CNN reporter Jim Acosta|
CNN and Jim Acosta won in court today in their lawsuit to restore Acosta’s suspended press access to the White House as a Trump appointed judge ordered the return of his ‘hard pass.’
A federal judge on Friday granted CNN’s request for a court order that would temporarily reinstate network correspondent Jim Acosta’s White House press pass, which had been suspended indefinitely in the wake of a fiery exchange between the reporter and President Donald Trump a week earlier.
The ruling from Judge Timothy Kelly, who was appointed by Trump, gave CNN a victory in the ongoing case.
“I want to thank all of my colleagues in the press who supported us this week, and I want to thank the judge for the decision he made today,” Acosta said outside U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.
“Let’s go back to work!” he added.
CNN’s lawsuit, announced Tuesday, argues that Acosta’s constitutional rights had been violated by Trump and five other members of his administration, as well as by the U.S. Secret Service. The other defendants include chief of staff John Kelly, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy chief of staff Bill Shine and Secret Service Director Randolph Alles.
In a statement, CNN and Acosta said they “look forward to a full resolution in the coming days.”
In his decision, Kelly ruled that Acosta’s First Amendment rights overruled the White House’s right to have orderly news conferences.
Over several days, the White House has changed its reasoning for suspending Acosta.
At first, Sarah Huckabee Sanders attempted to say Acosta had physically attacked a White House intern when she reached to take a microphone out of Acosta’s hand as he was asking Donald Trump a question.
Then, the reasoning moved to Acosta being ‘rude.’
Donald Trump and his staff have targeted Acosta since the beginning of the Trump administration for asking actual questions and holding them to answers.
The day a nation’s leader shuts down a free press is a dark day for any country.
Statement from CNN and @Acosta on today’s ruling: “We are gratified with this result and we look forward to a full resolution in the coming days. Our sincere thanks to all who have supported not just CNN, but a free, strong and independent American press.”
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 16, 2018
Here’s what Trump-appointed Judge Kelly said about gov’t case: “Whatever process occurred within the government is still so shrouded in mystery that the government could not tell me at oral argument who made the initial decision to revoke Mr. Acosta’s press pass.”
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) November 16, 2018