Trump Tells Fox’s Chris Wallace Conduct ‘Rules’ Coming for Press
- Author: Joey Payne Nov 17, 2018,
Nov 17, 2018, 0:46
Judge Timothy Kelly, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, granted the news organization's request to temporarily restore Acosta's press credentials and access to the White House, according to several news media sources, including CNN.
CNN and Acosta had argued in court filings that suspending Acosta's hard pass violated their First and Fifth Amendment rights by restricting freedom of the press and not affording them due process.
CNN reporter Jim Acosta speaks with reporters outside of the US District courthouse.
This was also granted on a limited basis and was not on First Amendment ground, but the Fifth Amendment's right to due process.
A federal judge sides with CNN by ordering the White House to temporarily reinstate Jim Acosta's White House press credentials.
It should also be noted that Walters was not named in the lawsuit filed by CNN against the White House.
But the judge will rule on all of that later. He was back in the White House press room by shortly after noon. "There's no First Amendment right".
The president, who regularly denigrates reporting he does not like as "fake news, repeatedly has singled out CNN for particular criticism".
A government lawyer, James Burnham, argued in a hearing before Kelly on Wednesday that the president was within his rights to ban any reporter from the White House at any time, just as he excludes reporters from interviews in the Oval Office. "If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a risky chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials".
Acosta surrendered his pass on demand from a Secret Service officer when he returned to the White House on November 7. She said in a statement that the White House would "develop further rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future", USA Today reported. The news network was seeking an immediate restraining order that would force the White House to hand back Acosta's credentials, which grant reporters access into the 18-acre complex.
Kelly countered at the time that there was at least some evidence that it was Acosta's behavior, not his viewpoint, that got him in trouble with the White House. "The White House is not prohibiting CNN from being in there".
President Donald Trump also defended the video and denied that it had been edited, despite multiple analyses that suggest it was altered to show a sped-up version of Acosta's movements as the intern approached him. On Tuesday, Sanders accused Acosta of being unprofessional by trying to dominate the questioning at the news conference.
"If I think somebody is acting out of sorts I will leave, I will say 'Thank you very much everybody, I appreciate you coming, ' and I'll leave", Trump said. Thirteen news organisations, including the Washington Post and Fox News, said Wednesday they would jointly file a friend-of-the-court brief supporting CNN's position.