Judge Orders White House To Reinstate Jim Acosta's Press Credentials

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A federal judge delivered a blow to the White House in a lawsuit filed by CNN over a revoked press pass for reporter Jim Acosta.

Kelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia says the White House does not have to allow reporters onto the White House grounds.

Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta crowed, minutes after a federal judge ruled the White House had to immediately return to Acosta the press badge it pulled abruptly this week. The White House suspended Acosta's credentials hours after the press conference, citing his behavior toward Trump and the intern. Initially, the White House used doctored video footage to claim that Acosta put his hands on a White House intern, a claim Kelly said was of "questionable accuracy", according to McLeod.

Acosta attempted to ask another question, but Trump wouldn't answer.

TRUMP: I'll tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them.

A group of prominent news organizations have expressed support for CNN's lawsuit, including CNN competitor Fox News, which frequently provides favorable news coverage of Trump.

The judge did not base his core ruling off the First Amendment but rather the Due Process clause of the 5th Amendment.

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Kelly also criticized the White House's changing story about why it revoked Acosta's credential. Of particular issue is whether his pass was taken away because of his rude behavior or due to the content of his reporting.

Outside the courtroom, Acosta spoke to reporters and thanked other journalists for their support in the case. He found that Acosta was "irreparably harmed" and dismissed the government's argument that CNN could send another reporter in Acosta's place to cover the White House.

Still, "I have not determined the First Amendment was violated here", Kelly said.

"This was a bad day for the president", Boutrous responded.

The White House explanations for why it seized Acosta's credentials have shifted over the last week.

In court on Wednesday, Justice Department lawyer James Burnham argued that the Trump White House has the legal right to kick out any reporter at any time for any reason - a position that is a dramatic break from decades of tradition.

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