‘I want to emphasize the very limited nature of this ruling…’
CNN’s Brian Stelter tweeted Monday the order reinstating the combative reporter’s pass after a scuffle in the press briefing room was only a short-term resolution and that the Trump administration still plans to act when it expires in two weeks.
Friday’s court ruling means that a temporary restraining order is in effect for 14 days. But W.H. officials sent @Acosta a letter stating that his press pass is set to be suspended again once the restraining order expires… https://t.co/yML7r7ymmM
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 19, 2018.
CNN threatened to take the White House to court again, arguing that revoking Acosta’s press pass threatens “all journalists and news organizations.”
“The White House is continuing to violate the First and 5th Amendments of the Constitution,” the network said in a statement. “Jim Acosta and CNN will continue to report the news about the White House and the President.”
The White House pulled Acosta’s press credentials after a heated exchange with President Trump. The president asked Acosta to let someone else ask a question during a press conference, but Acosta refused. CNN sued the White House, claiming the White House’s decision to revoke Acosta’s credentials without due process violated his First and Fifth Amendment rights.
U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly agreed last Friday and granted CNN’s request to restore Acosta’s press pass through a 14-day temporary injunction. Kelly agreed that the lack of due process violated Acosta’s Fifth Amendment rights, but refused to comment on whether the White House’s action suppressed the right to free speech and a free press.
“I want to emphasize the very limited nature of this ruling,” Kelly said on Friday, according to The Hill.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the court made clear that Acosta does not have a constitutional right to enter the White House.
“Today, the court made clear that there is no absolute First Amendment right to access the White House,” Sanders said in a statement. “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.”