Judge orders White House to restore press pass to CNN's Jim Acosta


Judge Timothy Kelly has finally ruled on whether or not to grant a temporary restraining order against the White House in the lawsuit brought against him by CNN and Jim Acosta. So we're setting up a certain standard which is what the court is requesting and always be fair to the press, always First Amendment, but that's the way it is.

CNN asked for Acosta's credentials to be restored while a lawsuit over his credentials' revocation goes forward.

CNN and Acosta filed suit against President Donald Trump and top aides on Tuesday for stripping Acosta, without warning, of his access to the White House, where he works daily.

He said he was grateful for the judge's ruling, that it was a test and the media passed the test. He was back in the White House press room by shortly after noon.

Trump continued: "CNN should be ashamed of themselves having you working for them".

Burnham said that the White House is essentially President Trump's home and office and that he has some right to decide who can and can't be there.

WND reported when radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh unloaded on Acosta.

But in court documents, the White House argued that the decision was make in order to preserve White House decorum and did not claim impropriety towards the intern.

USA Today reported that Trump hit back over Kelly's ruling, telling reporters, "people have to behave".

Kelly noted that there have been plenty of contentious, unrelenting journalists covering presidents through the years - and none had ever been stripped of their ability to cover the White House. "If the President were to have the absolute discretion to strip a correspondent of a hard pass, the chilling effect would be severe and the First Amendment protections afforded journalists to gather and report news on the activities on the President would be largely eviscerated".

Kelly said the White House's accusations that Acosta placed his hands on an intern who was attempting to retrieve the microphone from Acosta was of "questionable accuracy".

Acosta often aggressively questions the White House on its attitude toward journalists and has been criticized even by some in the media for becoming part of the story he is meant to be covering. "The White House is not prohibiting CNN from being in there".

But that rationale disappeared after witnesses backed Acosta's account that he was just trying to keep the microphone, and Sanders distributed a doctored video that made it appear Acosta was more aggressive than he actually was.

Exit quotation from Andrew Egger, recognizing the real victor today: "Acosta's tedious furrowed-brow posturing and spotlight-hogging and his fixation on Trump's meanness to the press are all catnip to a president who loves nothing more than to tell his fans that that's what journalists are all about".

Watch above, via Fox News. Mr. Trump said he has not yet submitted the answers because he "just finished them".