Judge orders White House to reinstate CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s
CNN reporter Jim Acosta: A federal US court on Friday ordered the White House to immediately reinstate the press credentials of CNN’s correspondent Jim Acosta in a ruling seen as a major victory for mediapersons. The press pass of Acosta, CNN’s White House Correspondent, was suspended last week after an altercation he had with President Donald Trump during a news conference. The White House had accused him of placing his hand on an intern. Acosta and the CNN has denied the allegations.
CNN supported Acosta and this week it filed a lawsuit against the White House urging the court to reinstate the press pass of its Chief White House Correspondent. In his order, US District Judge Timothy Kelly asked the White House to restore the press pass for Acosta that gives him regular access to the White House grounds to cover events and press conferences.
Acosta thanked his colleagues in the press who supported him this week. “I want to thank the judge for the decision he made today. Let’s go back to work,” he told reporters outside the US District court. The White House said it will abide by the court’s ruling. “Today, the court made clear that there is no absolute First Amendment right to access the White House.