CNN sues Trump administration over reporter ban

09:12 PM | 13 Nov, 2018
CNN sues Trump administration over reporter ban
NEW YORK - CNN is suing President Donald Trump and various White House aides over the administration's ban on chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta.

CNN's lawsuit alleges that Acosta and CNN's First and Fifth amendment rights are being violated by the ban.

Named in CNN's lawsuit against the White House are Donald Trump, John Kelly, Sarah Sanders, Bill Shine, Joseph Clancy, and the Secret Service officer who took Acosta's hard pass away.

"While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone," the network said today.

"If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials."

The lawsuit seeks the immediate restoration of Acosta's access to the White House.

Last Wednesday, shortly after Acosta was denied entry to the White House grounds, Sanders defended the unprecedented step by claiming that he had behaved inappropriately at a presidential news conference. CNN and numerous journalism advocacy groups rejected that assertion and said his pass should be reinstated.

As President Donald Trump watches, a White House aide takes the microphone from CNN's Jim Acosta during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

In a statement on Tuesday morning, CNN said it is seeking a preliminary injunction as soon as possible so that Acosta can return to the White House right away, and a ruling from the court preventing the White House from revoking Acosta's pass in the future.

"CNN filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration this morning in DC District Court," the statement read. "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."

The White House Correspondents' Association said it "strongly supports CNN's goal of seeing their correspondent regain a US Secret Service security credential that the White House should not have taken away in the first place."