CNN Requests New Hearing After White House Again Threatens to Suspend Jim Acosta's Press Pass
In a court filing Monday, CNN said the administration was creating "retroactive due process."
The Trump administration is threatening to again suspend White House press credentials for CNN reporter Jim Acosta.
After a federal judge ordered that Acosta's credentials be temporarily restored Friday, the White House sent Acosta a letter saying they had made the "preliminary decision" to suspend his pass when the judge's order expires.
The White House argues Acosta did not follow "basic standards" at a news conference when he scrapped with President Donald Trump. The letter was signed by two of the defendants in the suit, press secretary Sarah Sanders and deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine.
In response, CNN is asking the U.S. District Court for another emergency hearing.
In a court filing Monday, CNN said the administration was creating "retroactive due process." The network tweeted that the White House "is continuing to violate the First and Fifth amendments of the Constitution." Adding in a tweet from the network's media account, "These actions threaten all journalists and news organizations. @Acosta and CNN will continue to report the news about the White House and @realDonaldTrump."
"The White House is continuing to violate the First and 5th Amendments of the Constitution," the network said in a statement Sunday. "These actions threaten all journalists and news organizations. Jim Acosta and CNN will continue to report the news about the White House and the President."
CNN and Acosta are seeking a hearing on a preliminary injunction for the week of Nov. 26, "or as soon thereafter as possible," according to Monday's filing.
A judge last week issued a ruling of a "limited nature" that restored Acosta's credentials temporarily while a CNN lawsuit against the administration proceeds. Lawyers were expected to be back in court this week.
President Trump downplayed the judge's decision to restore Acosta's pass during an interview that aired on Fox News Sunday. The president derided an alleged lack of "decorum" among reporters who cover the administration and reiterated that the White House was going to write up rules of conduct for reporters at news conferences, adding, "If he misbehaves, we'll throw him out or we'll stop the news conference."