President Trump Issues a Warning on Press Conferences After Credential Debacle

Aaron Brown
November 17, 2018

A U.S. judge on Friday temporarily restored White House press credentials to CNN correspondent JimAcosta, which were revoked after a contentious press conference with President Donald Trump, saying there should be a due process in place for limiting a journalist's access to the White House.

Judge Timothy Kelly, who was appointed to the bench by Mr Trump previous year, said Mr Acosta's constitutional rights outweighed the White House's right to have an orderly news conference, the Washington Post reported.

This was also granted on a limited basis and was not on First Amendment ground, but the Fifth Amendment's right to due process.

The White House revoked Acosta's credentials last week after he and Trump tangled verbally during a press conference following the midterm elections.

"The White House also argued that CNN did not suffer harm because of Acosta's revoked credential, given that they had other reporters who could still access the White House", McLeod reported.

In brief remarks, Acosta voiced his pleasure with the ruling and ended with the call to his fellow reporters to "get back to work".

Trump has made his dislike of CNN clear since before he took office and continuing into his presidency.

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"Contrary to CNN's assertions, there is no greater demonstration of the president's support for a free press than the event he held today", Sanders said. "BUT he then said when the President invites in some reporters but excludes others the First Amendment comes into play".

But Trump's lawyers replied Wednesday in a legal filing that he has "broad discretion" to police journalists' access to the White House. The judicial decision furthers a portrait of a president overstepping his authority to settle personal scores and carries extra sting because it was issued by a judge the president appointed.

The judge relied on a 1977 case from the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., where judges ruled the Secret Service couldn't deny a press pass to a reporter in an arbitrary way - without notice or an opportunity to rebut - potentially violating the 5th Amendment's right to due process.

This does not mean the White House face off with the media or CNN in particular is going to wane. Kelly took care to say the ruling was "very limited" and left open the possibility that Acosta could again have his pass taken if the White House provided him due process, CNN reports. She backed up the bogus claim with a doctored video manipulated to make it look like Acosta struck the young woman.

Following the ruling, the White House said it would comply with the court order, and will "also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future".

The entire interview will air Sunday on "Fox News Sunday" at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET.

The case had turned into a Rorschach test for Americans and how they view the press in the Trump era, with partisans picking sides on Twitter. Mr. Trump said he has not yet submitted the answers because he "just finished them".

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