CNN announced it has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and some of his top aides over their decision to yank Jim Acosta‘s press credentials.
Acosta had his pass suspended last week after his fiery confrontation with Trump during the president’s post-midterms press conference. CNN’s PR team just announced that they are suing the Trump administration over this “wrongful revocation,” calling it a violation of the First Amendment that carries implications for press freedoms under the current presidency.
“CNN filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration this morning in DC District Court. It demands the return of the White House credentials of CNN’s Chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta. 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. 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. While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone. If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials.”
This morning, CNN filed a lawsuit against @realDonaldTrump and top aides. The White House has violated CNN and @Acosta‘s First Amendment rights of freedom of the press and Fifth Amendment rights to due process. Complaint: https://t.co/43oX6L8xA7 pic.twitter.com/RvJ0Cgh6oi
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 13, 2018
Here’s the complaint CNN filed in DC District Court.
CNN chief Jeff Zucker has issued his own statement on the lawsuit.
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) November 13, 2018
CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter covered the lawsuit on the network Tuesday morning.
“This is a historic moment for press freedom in the United States,” Stelter said. “Trump took a very extreme action by stripping Acosta’s press pass with no notice last week.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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