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Fight over Jim Acosta's White House press pass seems far from over

19 November 2018

The filing asks for a hearing next week.

But a judge ruled that the White House had to reissue Acosta's press pass.

He was speaking after a court in Washington DC ordered the White House to return CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press pass. The restraining order will expire 14 days after it was issued.

"From the looks of the letter, the trying to establish a paper trail that will empower the administration to boot Acosta again at the end of the month", CNN's Brian Stelter wrote in his Reliable Sources newsletter. "The letter explains that reporters are expected to ask a single question when called up upon and then yield the floor unless a follow-up is permitted".

The letter cites "behavior" at a press conference the day after the midterms that "violated the basic standards governing such events" as the reason to suspend Acosta's pass.

"To say the least, the letter is a disappointing response to the court's decision and our attempts to resolve the matter amicably", Acosta's attorney wrote in response.

But after Acosta's press pass was pulled, the network filed a lawsuit against the president, alleging that he violated its First and Fifth Amendment rights.

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Trump was vague on the nature of the new code of conduct, and it's unclear whether it would pertain only to behavior at press briefings or whether it would apply to a journalist's outside behavior too.

After the President had had enough and tried to shut down Acosta's fierce line of questioning, a White House staffer attempted to take the microphone away from the CNN reporter, who refused to give it up.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders and White House communications chief Bill Shine had earlier told Acosta that it had made a "preliminary decision" backed by Trump.

The initial ruling in Acosta's case, from U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly, did not answer the underlying First Amendment argument as to whether the move to revoke Acosta's pass constituted a violation of the right to freedom of the press. His hard pass was revoked later that day. "We will also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future".

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"If they don't listen to the rules and regulations we'll end up back in court and will win", Trump said. Trump later called Acosta's behaviour distracting and disrespectful. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Trump said. "I mean, with this stuff, you never know what's going to happen".

Fight over Jim Acosta's White House press pass seems far from over