CNN said on Monday it asked for a new emergency hearing to allow its reporter Jim Acosta to remain at the White House, saying officials are threatening to again revoke his press pass. Due process would give Acosta and CNN the chance to rebut and challenge the appropriateness of the government's action.
The US President said this after a Washington DC court ordered the White House to return CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press pass after it was revoked by the US Secret Service. He did not rule on CNN's argument that the revocation of Acosta's press pass was a violation of his and the network's First Amendment rights.
The White House revoked Acosta's credentials after he and Mr Trump tangled verbally during a November 7 press conference, with the President denouncing the reporter as a "rude, bad person".
In accepting the ruling, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the White House would "temporarily" reinstate Acosta's hard pass.
On a trip to California Saturday, the president emphasized that journalists have to treat the White House with respect, in answering questions about Acosta's situation.
The press room at the White House, according to Saunders, seats 49 reporters.
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"To say the least, the letter is a disappointing response to the court's decision and our attempts to resolve the matter amicably", Acosta's attorney wrote in response.
But in a new court filing on Monday morning, CNN's lawyers said the defendants "did not respond to this offer to cooperate".
Instead, Kelly focused on the Fifth Amendment right to due process. The network is asking the U.S. District Court for a preliminary injunction to be implemented protecting Acosta from that apparent eventuality. The parties are expected to file status reports Monday explaining how they would like to proceed.
"These basic, commonsense practices are necessary for orderly press conferences that are fair to all journalists in attendance", they wrote, adding that "no other reporter" failed to live up to those standards at the November 7 press conference. "Jim Acosta and CNN will continue to report the news about the White House and the President".
The White House called the lawsuit "grandstanding" and said CNN has almost 50 other journalists who can cover the White House, and Mr. Acosta's access is not critical to the cause of press freedom. CNN argued that the White House violated this when they took Acosta's hard pass.
Acosta's credentials were revoked after Trump denounced him as a "rude, awful person" during a November 7 news conference.
In that incident, the White House claimed that the reporter had assaulted the aide, and Saunders shared an edited clip of the altercation, which was enhanced to make it appear as if Acosta had stuck the aide.