Ruling Expected in CNN-WH Case 11/16 06:31
A judge is expected to announce Friday whether he will order the Trump
administration to return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A judge is expected to announce Friday whether he will
order the Trump administration to return the White House press credentials of
CNN reporter Jim Acosta.
U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, an appointee of President Donald
Trump, has set a hearing for Friday morning to announce his decision.
CNN has asked the judge for an order that would force the White House to
immediately hand back the credentials that give Acosta, CNN's chief White House
correspondent, access to the White House complex for press briefings and other
events. CNN wants Acosta's credentials restored while a lawsuit over his
credentials' revocation goes forward.
The White House revoked Acosta's credentials after he and Trump tangled
during a press conference last week.
Trump has made his dislike of CNN clear since before he took office and
continuing into his presidency. He has described the network as "fake news"
both on Twitter and in public comments.
At last week's press conference , which followed the midterm elections,
Trump was taking questions from reporters and called on Acosta, who asked about
Trump's statements about a caravan of migrants making its way to the
U.S.-Mexico border. After a terse exchange, Trump told Acosta, "That's enough,"
several times while calling on another reporter.
Acosta attempted to ask another question about special counsel Robert
Mueller's Russia investigation and initially declined to give up a hand-held
microphone to a White House intern. Trump responded to Acosta by saying he
wasn't concerned about the investigation, calling it a "hoax," and then
criticized Acosta, calling him a "rude, terrible person."
The White House pulled Acosta's credentials hours later.
The White House's explanations for why it seized Acosta's credentials have
shifted over the last week.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders initially explained the
decision by accusing Acosta of making improper physical contact with the intern
seeking to grab the microphone.
But that rationale disappeared after witnesses backed Acosta's account that
he was just trying to keep the microphone, and Sanders distributed a doctored
video that made it appear Acosta was more aggressive than he actually was. On
Tuesday, Sanders accused Acosta of being unprofessional by trying to dominate
the questioning at the news conference.