Federal judge sides with CNN and Jim Acosta, orders press pass reinstated

CNN and reporter Jim Acosta won a small victory against President Donald Trump when a federal judge granted permission for CNN's court order that will reinstate Jim Acosta's White House press credentials temporarily. Acosta was originally suspended indefinitely after his heated exchange with President Trump and an incident in which he held onto a microphone while a White House aide was trying to retrieve it.

The lawsuit filed by CNN argued that Acosta's "constitutional rights had been violated by Trump and five other members of his administration, as well as by the U.S. Secret Service. The other defendants include chief of staff John Kelly, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy chief of staff Bill Shine and Secret Service Director Randolph Alles" as per a report by WTHR.

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CNN also argued that the White House was infringing on Acosta's "free press and due process rights under the First and Fifth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution."

CNN requested a court order to temporarily reinstate Acosta's 'hard pass' while the lawsuit was underway.

 CNN also wants "a declaration that the revocation of Acosta's press credentials was unconstitutional."
CNN asked the judge to quickly rule on the request for a temporary restraining order, arguing that "every day that passes without Acosta regaining his press credentials is a concrete injury."

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Per CNN: Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly sided with CNN on Friday, ordering the White House to reinstate chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta's press pass.
Kelly did not rule on the underlying case on Friday. But he granted CNN's request for a temporary restraining order.

It's important to note that this is not the end of the lawsuit filed by CNN. This is a temporary court order that will reinstate Jim Acosta's press pass giving him access to the White House until the full lawsuit is worked out and a decision is made. It is unclear how long the lawsuit will take.

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