Last week, the White House rescinded Jim Acosta's press credentials after he got out of hand during a press conference President Trump held. Now, CNN announced that they are suing the Trump administration over the incident, reported The Hill.
They demanded that the administration give Acosta, who rudely spoke over the president and manhandled a White House intern who was trying to take the microphone away from him, his press credentials back. Acosta is CNN's chief White House correspondent.
In the suit, CNN accuses Trump and other administration officials of "violating Acosta's First and Fifth Amendment rights of free speech and due process, respectively, and asks a federal court in Washington to grant the 'immediate restoration of Acosta’s press credentials,'" explained The Hill.
"While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone," the cable network said in a statement. "If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials."
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who has frequently been the target of Acosta and CNN's attacks, issued a strong response after the news broken. Sanders called the legal action "just more grandstanding from CNN."
She also made it clear that the administration will not be bowing to CNN's pressure. She promised that the administration "will vigorously defend against this lawsuit."
"CNN, who has nearly 50 additional hard pass holders, and Mr. Acosta is no more or less special than any other media outlet or reporter with respect to the First Amendment," Sanders said in a statement.
In addition to the president, Sanders is also named in the suit. Last week, she accused Acosta of "placing his hands on a young woman." She shared a video that showed the altercation during the press conference.
"The White House cannot run an orderly and fair press conference when a reporter acts this way, which is neither appropriate nor professional," Sanders said. "The First Amendment is not served when a single reporter, of more than 150 present, attempts to monopolize the floor. If there is no check on this type of behavior it impedes the ability of the president, the White House staff, and members of the media to conduct business."
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