White House again threatens Acosta's pass

Erika Holt
November 20, 2018

CNN has called for an emergency hearing regarding this letter.

"CNN issued a statement Sunday claiming officials were "[violating] the First and 5th Amendments of the Constitution".

"These actions threaten all journalists and news organisations".

Acosta had his White House press pass returned following a court injunction that will last for 14 days, expiring on 30 November. Due process would give Acosta and CNN the chance to rebut and challenge the appropriateness of the government's action.

It would seem the war between CNN's Jim Acosta and the White House is far from over.

At the November 7 White House news conference, Acosta questioned Trump whether he had demonized migrants with his claim during the election campaign that the slow-moving caravan of Central American migrants walking through Mexico toward the southern USA border was an "invasion".

According to CNN, the letter to Acosta was signed by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders and White House deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine.

The drama between the White House and Jim Acosta isn't over yet. "President Trump believes strongly in the First Amendment, and a free press and is the most accessible President in modern history", Sanders said. "The White House, in its letter, told Acosta it'd make a final decision on his stats at 3 p.m. ET on Monday".

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Saunders also accused Acosta of not acting like an adult, and said that CNN should send another reporter as a result.

But in a new court filing on Monday morning, CNN's lawyers said the defendants "did not respond to this offer to cooperate".

The Fifth Amendment states, in part, that "no person shall...be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law".

The network said, however, that soon after the order was handed down Friday, the White House told Acosta it would reinstate the ban as soon as it expires November 30.

The White House opposed the request for an emergency hearing, writing in response to the court: "Not only is there no "emergency" right now, it is impossible to know at this point whether next steps are necessary, much less what those steps should be".

All of this was detailed by CNN in a progress report filed in court on Monday.

The letter cites "behavior" at a press conference the day after the midterms that "violated the basic standards governing such events" as the reason to suspend Acosta's pass. Acosta then refused to pass the microphone to a female White House aide and there was brief contact between the two.

Even Fox News backed CNN in this lawsuit.

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