Jim Acosta is back in the White House thanks to a Judge appointed to the bench by none other than Donald Trump himself. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly ordered the Trump administration to reinstate press credentials for Jim Acosta this morning.
Acosta responded with a quick press conference in Washington and stated, “I just want to…thank all my colleagues in the press that supported us this week and thank the judge for the decision he made today. And, let’s go back to work.” You can see his response in the footage below.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) November 16, 2018
CNN and Acosta also released a joint statement on the ruling, “We are gratified with this result and we look forward to a full resolution in the coming days. Our sincere thanks to all who have supported not just CNN, but a free, strong and independent American press.”
Statement from CNN and @Acosta on today’s ruling: “We are gratified with this result and we look forward to a full resolution in the coming days. Our sincere thanks to all who have supported not just CNN, but a free, strong and independent American press.”
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 16, 2018
With CNN’s request to restore the press pass for Acosta, he now has back his regular access to the White House grounds to cover events and press conferences. CNN and Acosta argued in court that Trump revoked the credentials because it didn’t like the questions Acosta was asking.
Judge Kelly put forth the question that the White House could have used a “less-restrictive way” to “reprimand Acosta,” rather than fully taking away his press pass, and also said that, “Rudeness is not a standard,” for revoking the press pass and that, “If it were, no one could have gone to the press conference.”
CNN’s lawyer Theodore Boutrous perfectly summed up the ruling as a victory for the First Amendment, “This is a great day for the First Amendment and journalism.” We agree and wish we could see Trump’s face when he realizes his own Judge ruled against him.
"This is a great day for the First Amendment and journalism," says CNN attorney Theodore Boutrous, after federal judge grants TRO that WH should return press pass to @Acosta. "We are extremely pleased with the ruling today," says Boutrous. pic.twitter.com/mX2Y97O1EF
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 16, 2018