CNN said it filed a lawsuit against President Trump and his administration that seeks to reinstate the credentials of Jim Acosta, the cable news channel correspondent who was banned from the White House after clashing with the president during a press conference last week.
The wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acostas First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process, CNN said in a statement.
The lawsuit, filed in D.C. District Court, asks for a restraining order requiring the return of Mr. Acostas White House press pass.
When the White House suspended Mr. Acostas pass last week, it said it did so because he had placed his hands on an intern who was trying to take the microphone from him after Mr. Trump indicated he was no longer taking his questions. Video of the altercation shows only incidental contact. CNN has said this fight wasnt about the intern but rather about the presidents contempt for Mr. Acosta and CNN.
While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone. If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials, CNN said. CNN is a unit of AT&T Inc.
We have been advised that CNN has filed a complaint challenging the suspension of Jim Acostas hard pass. This is just more grandstanding from CNN, and we will vigorously defend against this lawsuit, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. After Mr. Acosta asked the President two questionseach of which the President answeredhe physically refused to surrender a White House microphone to an intern, so that other reporters might ask their questions. This was not the first time this reporter has inapprop...