After President Trump threatened to revoke Jim Acosta’s press pass at the end of the month, CNN has asked for an emergency hearing. CNN is asking the U.S. District Court to provide this emergency hearing.
“The White House is continuing to violate the First and 5th Amendments of the Constitution,” CNN said in a statement released Sunday. “These actions threaten all journalists and news organizations. Jim Acosta and CNN will continue to report the news about the White House and the President.”
CNN won a temporary restraining order on last Friday. This forced the White House to restore Acosta’s press access for at least the next 14 days. Judge Timothy J. Kelly made the ruling on Fifth Amendment grounds, claiming that his due process has been violated. The argument CNN made on First Amendment violations has not yet been ruled on.
Per CNN Business:
Later that same day, the White House sent Acosta a formal letter outlining a “preliminary decision” to suspend his pass again once the restraining order expires. The letter cited his conduct at President Trump’s November 7 press conference.
The letter was signed by two of the defendants in the suit, press secretary Sarah Sanders and deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine.
The letter signaled that the Trump administration wants to continue fighting Acosta, despite the round one setback in court, rather than seeking an out-of-court settlement.
It looked like an effort to establish a paper trail that will empower the administration to boot Acosta again at the end of the month.
In a court filing on Monday, CNN’s lawyers said the network and Acosta “remain hopeful” that the parties “can resolve this dispute without further court intervention.”
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) November 19, 2018
It is expected that lawyers will be back in court this week and discussing the further proceedings and their timeline.