Tuesday morning, CNN filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for revoking alleged reporter Jim Acosta’s White House press credentials, but fails to address the stated reason why Acosta’s credentials were yanked.
“When Acosta attempted to ask a follow-up question, President Trump refused totake it. A White House staffer then approached Acosta and attempted to grab the microphone.The staffer reached all the way across Acosta’s body, successfully latched onto the microphone, and physically attempted to remove it from Acosta’s right hand. Acosta held onto the microphone, stated “Pardon me, ma’am,” and continued to ask his question,” the court filing said.
Of course, that is not a full or fair representation of the events that transpired. Acosta placed his hands on a female White House intern in an attempt to physically stop her from taking the microphone, as directed by Trump.
“We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video,” said Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, attaching a video of the incident.
We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video. pic.twitter.com/T8X1Ng912y
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018
Leftists attempted to protect Acosta by claiming that the video was “manipulated,” which was disputed by forensic experts. The inappropriate behavior to which Sanders was referring is obviously, at least in part, based on the fact that Acosta placed his hands on White House staffer.
The lawsuit claims that Acosta did not put his hands on the staffer.
“Defendants initially claimed that they revoked Acosta’s press pass because he’plac[ed] his hands’ on an intern,” it said. “That contention is not accurate.”
“The President himself has stated that the Acosta’s conduct was not ‘overly horrible’ and that Acosta’s credentials were actually suspended because he failed to “treat the White House with respect,'” the suit continues.
The official cause of action stated in the lawsuit is a violation of the First Amendment.
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