CNN Seeks Emergency Hearing in US District Court to Resolve the White House’s Threat to Rescind Jim Acosta’s Hard Press Pass Again

Here we go again.

Hardly a week after a court order forced President Donald Trump’s administration to reestablish CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta’s access to the White House, the administration is threatening to revoke his credentials again as soon as the two week order expires.

The White House informed Acosta and CNN of the “preliminary decision” to revoke his access through a letter, reading:

“We are writing to give you formal written notice that we have made a preliminary decision to suspend your hard pass due to your conduct at the President’s November 7, 2018 press conference. The president is aware of this preliminary decision and concurs.”

The letter prompted the network to ask for an emergency hearing in an effort to prolong Acosta’s credentials.

CNN said in a statement:

“The White House is continuing to violate the First and 5th Amendments of the Constitution. These actions threaten all journalists and news organizations. Jim Acosta and CNN will continue to report the news about the White House and the President.”

In the letter to the network, White House Press Secretary cited Acosta’s behavior at a post-midterms press conference in which Trump berated Acosta for persisting to ask the president questions. The White House also implied in a doctored video that Acosta assaulted the White House intern who attempted to take his microphone.

Americans are making it clear that the White House’s targeting of Acosta will not stand.

While Trump has frequently demonized the media and made moves against the sanctity of a free press, his ire towards CNN and Jim Acosta has been personal for a long time.

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