White House Reportedly Backtracks, Will Not Seek Revocation of Jim Acosta’s Credential

Nov 20, 2018, 01:31
White House Reportedly Backtracks, Will Not Seek Revocation of Jim Acosta’s Credential

CNN reporter Jim Acosta had his White House pass taken away earlier this month after a confrontation with President Trump at a press conference.

Trump, who has long blasted the media, and often targeted Acosta, said on "Fox News Sunday" that the judge's decision was "not a big deal" and that the White House would establish rules for the press.

"Having received a formal reply from your counsel to our letter of November 16, we have made a final determination in this process: your hard pass is restored", the White House said in a new letter to Acosta. "It would be a great loss for all if, instead of relying on the professionalism of White House journalists, we were compelled to devise a lengthy and detailed code of conduct for White House events". For the moment, it appears they will not do so. A second question may be allowed at the discretion of the president or White House staff.

Kelly - who was appointed by President Donald Trump - granted a temporary restraining order in CNN's favor Friday, forcing the Trump administration to reinstate Acosta's credentials while CNN's full legal challenge continued. The letter from Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Communications Director Bill Shine, says that Trump is "aware of this preliminary decision and concurs".

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Last week, Fox News announced that it would support CNN's effort to restore Acosta's White House credential and filed an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court.

Despite the filing, Acosta and CNN said they "remain hopeful" the dispute could be resolved outside of court, they wrote.

The White House argues Acosta did not follow "basic standards" when he scrapped with President Donald Trump at a news conference.

7 exchange between Acosta and Trump, Acosta refused to pass the microphone to a female White House aide, and there was brief contact between the two, and his "hard pass" was quickly yanked.

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Ms Sanders called his behaviour "absolutely unacceptable", and later tweeted a video of the incident that others said was "doctored".

Kelly himself emphasized on Friday that he wasn't ruling on the First Amendment issue (yet), only the due process issue, so it's understandable that people would focus on that part of it.

The drama between the White House and Jim Acosta isn't over yet. Trump said he'd kick Acosta put of press conferences if he "misbehaves" going forward.

"The White House is continuing to violate the First and 5th Amendments of the Constitution", the network said in a statement.

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