#ICYMI: Donald Trump vs CNN’s Jim Acosta and the politics of distraction

Lester Mason
November 16, 2018

CNN had asked for the journalist's credentials to be restored while a lawsuit over his credentials' revocation goes forward. The White House initially claimed that it was because he put his hands on a staffer as she tried to grab a microphone from him.

Judge is explaining that the White House did not provide due process.

Kelly said that another example of the lack of due process was also evident because the decision to pull Acosta's pass was "so shrouded in mystery the government could not even say who made the decision" to do so.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders cited Acosta's brief confrontation with a White House press aide during Trump's midday news conference as the reason for suspending his press pass "until further notice".

Kelly, a Trump appointed judge, has just made an official ruling in the CNN v.

The Trump administration argued that the president has broad discretion to strip any reporter of White House press credentials if he wishes. Kelly has ruled in CNN's favor, granting a temporary restraining order, meaning that Acosta will, for now, get his access back. The suit sought the immediate restoration of Acosta's press pass, arguing on First Amendment grounds that the White House action was aimed at silencing the journalist.

Then he said he would issue a ruling Thursday afternoon.

The TRO ruling returns Acosta's White House badge temporarily, while underlying legal arguments could be fought over in weeks to come. Schlapp repeated the "bad behavior" claim several times.

"We do not believe that revoking White House press credentials is an appropriate remedy for a disagreement the White House may have with a particular reporter", CBS News said in a statement. Schlapp said "I'm not going to get into any internal deliberations that are happening".

After Acosta challenged Trump with questions on his anti-immigration rhetoric and the federal Russian Federation investigation last week, Trump demanded Acosta sit down and called him a "terrible person" and "enemy of the people".

In a hearing in federal court on Wednesday, Justice Department attorney James Burnham said the president has the authority to ban reporters from the White House, The Washington Post reported.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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