CNN seeks hearing after White House again vows to yank reporter's access

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that the press pass for Acosta, which was revoked after a contentious November 7 news conference with President Donald Trump, was restored but that reporters who ignored new rules for news conferences could have their credentials taken away.

After a federal judge ordered that Acosta's credentials be temporarily restored last week, the White House sent Acosta a letter saying it had made the "preliminary decision" to suspend his pass.

Per White House letter to Acosta on November 19, here are the new rules for press conferences at the White House. "We look forward to continuing to cover the White House", CNN tweeted. Judge Timothy J. Kelly ruled on Fifth Amendment grounds, saying Acosta's right to due process had been violated. It's signed by Bill Shine, deputy chief of staff for communications, and Sarah Sanders, White House press secretary, who are both named as defendants in the initial lawsuit.

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.

But the new letter from Shine and Sanders is an "attempt to provide retroactive due process", the lawyers said.

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All of this was detailed by CNN in a progress report filed in court on Monday. His hard pass was revoked later that day. On Friday, Trump said that "rules and regulations" were being drafted to govern news conferences, where the president or his representatives often accuse journalists - Acosta in particular - of being overly hostile. Since Kelly was following Sherrill, there's every reason to believe that the White House would have lost even if it had dotted its I's and crossed its T's on notifying Acosta beforehand that his pass was about to disappear.

Yet the White House has backed off its threat, abandoning the decision to permanently revoke Acosta's credentials but reserving the right to do so in the future if Acosta behaves in a way the White House deems a breach of decorum.

Trump seemed to shrug off the loss, telling Fox's Chris Wallace in an interview that "it's not a big deal".

Mr Trump erupted into anger during a news conference when Acosta questioned him about the so-called migrant caravan travelling through Mexico and about an ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

7 exchange between Acosta and Trump, Acosta refused to pass the microphone to a female White House aide, and there was brief contact between the two, and his "hard pass" was quickly yanked.

  • Sonia Alvarado