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CNN Counsel Ted Boutrous Explains Network’s Lawsuit Against Trump: ‘We Had No Choice’

As CNN prepares to sue President Trump‘s administration for pulling Jim Acosta‘s press credentials, the network’s attorney, Ted Boutrous, appear on their air to talk about the case they’re about to make in DC District Court.

Boutrous issued a statement through CNN’s PR team on Tuesday, confirming that their lawsuit will claim the White House caused “irreparable injury” to Acosta by violating his First Amendment rights.

Shortly afterwards, he joined Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow to elaborate on the network’s case against Trump’s “discrimination against speech.” Boutrous also made the argument that the White House harmed Acosta’s livelihood and violated his right to due process by yanking his press pass without notice or any opportunity to appeal.

“CNN tried to work this out, requested that the pass be restored…But the White House has basically just been ignoring these requests, so we really had no choice but to sue. We didn’t want to have to go to court…We’re asking for emergency relief because every day that this pass has been revoked is a First Amendment violation and it’s irreparable harm in the words of the law.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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