CNN is suing the Trump Administration demanding correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass be restored.
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) November 13, 2018
According to Politico, Acosta had his White House security credentials revoked following an exchange with the President during a news conference last week where Acosta kept pushing for answers from Trump over Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election. The White House say they revoked Acosta’s press pass after he “inappropriately made contact with an aide who tried to pull the microphone away from him to cut off his questions.”
In a statement from CNN, the news organization announced the lawsuit saying, “While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone. If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials.”
The suit alleges that Acosta and CNN’s First and Fifth Amendment rights are being violated by the ban and lists both CNN and Acosta as plaintiffs in the suit. There are six defendants listed in the suit: President Trump, chief of staff John Kelly, press secretary Sarah Sanders, deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine, the director of the secret service, and the secret service officer who took Acosta’s hard pass away last Wednesday.