Judge Orders White House To Reinstate Jim Acosta's Press Credentials

Ruling expected in CNN White House credentials case

Ruling expected in CNN White House credentials case

The outlet also reported that Kelly ruled based on the news organization's (and Acosta's) Fifth Amendment rights, noting that the White House and Trump administration did not provide Acosta with due process to legally contest the revocation of his White House press credentials.

Daily Star Online previoulsy reporterd CNN was suing the US President after it withdrew Acosta's press pass.

CNN's White House correspondent Jim Acosta arrives for a hearing at the U.S. District Court on November 16, 2018 in Washington.

UPDATED with Jim Acosta remarks outside court: "I want to thank all of my colleagues in the press who supported us this week, and I want to thank the judge for the decision he made today".

A visibly angry Mr Trump had called Mr Acosta a "rude, bad person", after CNN's Chief White House correspondent refused the president's orders to sit down and give up the microphone during the news conference.

Kelly, a Trump appointee who has been on the federal bench just more than a year now, was very inquisitive at Wednesday's hearing, asking tough questions of both sides, drilling particularly deep into some of CNN's arguments. Kelly also says Acosta was not provided due process when the White House chose to revoke his hard pass. CNN's suit alleged that Trump and other administration members violated Acosta's constitutional rights by preventing him from entering into and reporting on the White House.

"If the president wants to exclude all reporters from the White House grounds, he clearly has the discretion to do that", James Burnham, the lawyer for the defendants, said.

In the courtroom, Acosta and San Feist, CNN's Washington bureau chief, did not display any emotion as Kelly read through his ruling, but after he was finished, they shook hands with the network's legal team, which is led by Ted Boutrous.

The White House's explanations for why it seized Acosta's credentials have shifted over the last week. Schlapp said "I'm not going to get into any internal deliberations that are happening".

CNN argued that Acosta's pass was pulled because of Trump's animosity toward him and the network's coverage, an arbitrary decision in violation of the first and fifth amendments.

The cable news giant's lawsuit against Trump and several of his senior aides marks a major escalation in the crisis of relations between Trump and what he calls "fake news" and the "enemy of the people". "As a matter of law... yes", he said.