NEW YORK – CNN said it filed a lawsuit against President Trump and his administration that seeks to reinstate the credentials of Jim Acosta, the cable news channel correspondent who was banned from the White House after clashing with the president during a press conference last week.
“The wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta’s First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process,” CNN said in a statement.
The lawsuit, filed in DC District Court, asks for a restraining order requiring the return of Acosta’s White House press pass.
When the White House suspended Acosta’s pass last week, it said it did so because he had placed his hands on an intern who was trying to take the microphone from him after Trump indicated he was no longer taking his questions. Video of the altercation shows only incidental contact.
CNN has said this fight was not about the intern but rather about the president’s contempt for Acosta and CNN.
“While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone. If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials,” CNN said.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.