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Trump ordered to allow CNN journalist back

17 November 2018

Kelly said there should be a due process in place for limiting a journalist's access to the White House. "So we're setting up a certain standard, which is what the court is requesting".

This decision wasn't a close case, but Trump people are so often willing to debase themselves in service of the president that I guess it's nice to see one of his judges rule in a manner consistent with basic Constitutional principles.

The president was taking questions from reporters at a news conference when the row broke out with Mr Acosta, who asked him about his statements about a caravan of migrants making its way to the US-Mexico border. CNN could have avoided all that if they had taken Acosta off the beat long ago and replaced him with someone less interested in self-promotion. They further claimed that by revoking access without any notice or due process, and without an opportunity to appeal the decision, the White House violated Acosta's Fifth Amendment guarantee of due process.

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". But he left open the possibility that Trump could revoke Acosta's press pass again, if due process was given. The cable network and their reporter sought relief that would force the White House to reinstate his hard pass and allow him to access the White House and resume coverage of press briefings, after he was ordered to turn over his pass last week.

"You can't take three and four questions".

"Let's go back to work!". The CNN reporter's press credentials were revoked late on November 7 following a contentious presidential press conference, a day after Democrats won control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections. "We have asked the court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass to be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process". "Our honest thanks to all who have supported not just CNN, but a free, strong and independent American press".

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But the judge also emphasised the "very limited nature" of his ruling Friday.

Extra, extra, read all about it: CNN's Jim Acosta has his press pass back.

The ruling is a major win for CNN and its combative approach to the Trump White House. "We are professional journalists and we know that, while helpful, we don't need White House credentials to cultivate credible sources inside and outside of the administration or any entity".

"But you have to act with respect when you're at the White House, and when I see the way some of my people get treated at news conferences, it's bad". You are a rude, awful person. That is to say, both for Acosta himself and for the press writ large, the result of today's ruling is likely to be less accountability from the president, not more.

"I was confident ... that our rights would be protected to continue to cover our government and hold our leaders accountable", he said.

Trump ordered to allow CNN journalist back