A Sunday night email sent by CNN on behalf of “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter said that President Donald J. Trump is planning to revoke alleged reporter Jim Acosta’s White House press credentials for a second time.
“After CNN won a temporary restraining order on Friday, forcing the White House to restore his press pass for 14 days, White House officials sent Acosta a letter stating that his pass is set to be suspended again once the restraining order expires,” according to the email.
CNN continues to claim that banning Acosta from press briefings – which are optional and need not be held by the White House in the first place – is a violation of Acosta’s First Amendment rights.
“The White House is continuing to violate the First and 5th Amendments of the Constitution,” said the email. “These actions threaten all journalists and news organizations. Jim Acosta and CNN will continue to report the news about the White House and the President.”
Acosta’s “hard-pass,” which allows him unfettered access to White House grounds without a security escort, was revoked after consistent grandstanding and derailment of press briefings, which eventually culminated in placing his hands on a female White House staffer.
Big League Politics reported:
President Donald J. Trump’s Press Secretary launched into a Twitter tirade about the completely unprofessional actions of CNN reporter Jim Acosta at Wednesday’s White House press briefing.
“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern…,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders Tweeted.
In a thread of five Tweets she berated CNN for for applauding the way Acosta handled the situation, calling the network “disgusting” and asserting that it has “outrageous disregard” for other members of the press and White House staffers.
The White House v. Acosta battle is likely to continue into the near future.
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