The Trump administration is not taking the court order to reinstate CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass lying down and may have just pulled a fast one on him.
In the court ruling, U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly said the White House violated Acosta’s right to a due process as they pulled his media pass and denied Acosta an option to repeal his revocation. Subsequently, the judge said the White House must immediately restore Acosta’s press credentials and adhere to the rules and order the White House had in place.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Friday that the Trump administration would be “temporarily” reinstating Acosta’s press pass and would be complying to the order, BUT they are giving him a 14-day pass and will resume their suspension once it expires.
The tactic was revealed by CNN’s Brian Stelter, via Twitchy:
According to CNN’s Brian Stelter, the White House sent Jim Acosta a letter saying his press pass will be pulled again once the court’s restraining order expires.
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From Stelter, via Twitchy:
From the looks of the letter, the W.H. is trying to establish a paper trail that will empower the administration to boot Acosta again at the end of the month.
CNN responded with this statement on Sunday: “The White House is continuing to violate the First and 5th Amendments of the Constitution. 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.”
So, it seems like the Trump administration and the White House press corps may get the last laugh as they are taking a new look at “rules and processes,” the Washington Examiner reports.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Friday the White House will “temporarily reinstate” CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press badge after a U.S. district judge ruled the White House suspended it illegally.
But Sanders also said the White House would set up new rules to ensure “orderly” press conferences in the future to avoid disputes like the one that prompted it to take Acosta’s pass away.
“There must be decorum at the White House,” Sanders said in a statement.
“Today, the court made clear that there is no absolute First Amendment right to access the White House. In response to the court, we will temporarily reinstate the reporter’s hard pass. We will also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future,” the press secretary continued.
Trump similarly said his administration was looking into “writing up rules and regulations” to help produce a more orderly and cooperative press corps.