Jim Acosta and CNN Sue Donald Trump
CNN has filed a lawsuit in DC district court Tuesday saying the Trump administration has violated the First and Fifth Amendment right of the network and its Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta. The lawsuit, which calls for the reinstatement of Acosta’s press credentials, comes less than a week after WH Press Sec Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced they would suspend Acosta’s “hard pass” after the reporter’s fiery exchange with Trump. Sanders, WH Chief of Staff John Kelly, Deputy Communications Chief Bill Shine, and Secret Service Director Randolph Alles are also included in the suit, as is the unnamed Secret Service officer who yanked Acosta’s pass. CNN is asking the court for a preliminary injunction that would reinstate Acosta’s press credentials as soon as possible. “While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone,” CNN said. “If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials.” The lawsuit has been assigned to Judge Timothy J. Kelly, a Trump appointee. The White House has until 11A to respond to the suit, and a hearing is set for 3:30P today. More here.