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CNN has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration in an effort to restore access for its chief White House correspondent who had his press credentials revoked.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is dismissing the lawsuit as “more grandstanding from CNN,” saying the administration stands by its decision to revoke Jim Acosta's credentials.

“After Mr. Acosta asked the President two questions — each of which the President answered — he physically refused to surrender a White House microphone to an intern, so that other reporters might ask their questions. This was not the first time this reporter has inappropriately refused to yield to other reporters,” Sanders said in a statement.

President Donald Trump, when asked at the conclusion of a White House Diwali ceremony about the legal move by CNN, replied: “We’ll be talking about it.”

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, and the case has been assigned to the docket of Judge Timothy Kelly, a Trump appointee to the bench.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Judge Kelly, ordered the White House and the other defendants to respond to CNN’s motion for a temporary restraining order by 11 a.m. Wednesday. He set a hearing on the restraining order — which would temporarily restore Acosta’s press credential, pending the outcome of a trial — for 3 p.m. Wednesday.

“The wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta's First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process,” CNN said in a statement. “We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process.”

On CNN’s legal team for the case is former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson.

“The First Amendment requires robust, aggressive reporting,” Olson said, appearing on the network. “We cannot allow public officials to discriminate on the basis of their personal prejudice or feelings toward a reporter.”


 

 

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