Federal judge Timothy Kelly on Friday ordered the White house to restore the correspondent pass to the White house.
“We’re very happy, it’s a great day for journalism,” a CNN lawyer said outside the building. “I want to thank my colleagues, the media, who supported me, and the judge for his decision. Well, let’s get back to work,” — said, in turn, he Acosta.
“We are pleased with the result and we are waiting for the full operative part in the coming days. Our sincere thanks to those who supported not only CNN, but also the free, strong and independent American press,” CNN’s commentary says.
In the White house said that respect the court’s decision and temporarily restore the correspondent in the presidential pool. The White house also promised to develop rules of conduct for the future at press conferences.
However, the hearing has not yet been completed; the judge decided on the immediate temporary reinstatement of Acosta’s accreditation at the very beginning of the process. In addition to the return of accreditation, the plaintiff also requires the defendants to reimburse court costs.
During the process, the representative of the Ministry of justice James Burnham said that the President has every right to withdraw accreditation from journalists. When asked by the judge whether he has the right to do so, if he does not like the way the journalist covers the event, he also responded positively.
Last week, the White house denied Acosta accreditation for bickering with trump and refusing to give up the microphone at the request of the President.
Donald trump often criticizes the media, especially CNN. He has repeatedly stated that the TV company produces “fake news”. At a press conference on November 7, he advised Acosta to ” run CNN while the President himself runs the country.”
In the lawsuit, which the TV company filed in the district court of Washington, the channel called the withdrawal of accreditation from the journalist a violation of the first amendment to the us Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech. The defendants in the lawsuit were trump himself and five other people, for example, White house chief of staff John Kelly and his Deputy William Shine, as well as press Secretary of the President Sarah Sanders.
What happened to Acosta
At a trump press conference at the White house on November 7 after the midterms in the US, Acosta tried to ask trump about a caravan of migrants and an investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the us election.
Acosta asked several times why trump is fanning fears about a caravan of migrants from Honduras, which is heading towards the South American border. Trump before the midterms even sent an army there, although the caravan to the us border has not yet reached.
The President got into a fight with a journalist, and then demanded that he gave the microphone. Acosta refused to sit down and continued to ask questions. He asked whether trump is concerned about the results of the investigation of special Prosecutor Robert Mueller about the possible intervention of Russia in the us election of 2016. At the same time, an employee-trainee tried to take the microphone from Acosta, but he did not give it.
Trump called the “Russian investigation” a fake, Acosta a terrible person, and CNN-enemies of the people.
The next day, the White house stripped Acosta of accreditation for behaving inappropriately at a press conference and “giving up on a woman”-an Intern who was trying to take the microphone. CNN in the lawsuit notes that Acosta did not touch the trainee, and cites in support of the words of the journalists present at the press conference.
What the White house said
“CNN has almost 50 accredited correspondents, and Mr. Acosta is no more and no less special than any media or correspondent, with all due respect to the first amendment,” the White house press service said in response to the channel’s lawsuit.
The statement stressed that Acosta “physically refused to give the microphone to the trainee” to give the opportunity to ask questions to other journalists. Also in the White house believe that the journalist asked two questions and both received answers.
“This is not the first time that this reporter improperly refuses to concede to other journalists,” the White house noted.