Acosta Receives Letter from White House, Claims His Press Pass Is Being Revoked AGAIN

CNN on Monday filed new papers with the U.S. District Court on Monday accusing the Trump administration of seeking to violate the rights of the liberal network and one its reporters, Jim Acosta.

The move came after the White House informed Acosta on Friday of a “preliminary decision” to once again revoke his White House press pass after a temporary 14-day order reinstating the pass expires. But an attorney for CNN and Acosta claims that the move would punish Acosta, using “retroactive” rules that are not formal. The filing asks for a hearing next week.

“The filing also claims the Trump administration did not respond to CNN’s offer to work with the White House on establishing protocols for future press conferences,” Fox News reported.

The White House plans to once again suspend CNN’s Jim Acosta’s press pass after a court-mandated temporary restoration expires.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly granted a 14-day restraining order after CNN filed a lawsuit claiming Acosta’s rights under the First and Fifth Amendments were violated when the White House rescinded his press pass after the TV reporter refused to return a microphone during a press conference.

CNN reported on Sunday night that the White House has sent a letter to Acosta saying his press pass will be suspended at the end of the month when that 14-day period expires.

“Friday’s court ruling means that a temporary restraining order is in effect for 14 days. But [White House] officials sent Acosta a letter stating that his press pass is set to be suspended again once the restraining order expires,” CNN’s Brian Stelter reported.

In the letter to Acosta, the White House says ​it “didn’t think formal rules for journalists were necessary prior to the CNN reporter’s actions. 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,” Fox reported.

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