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VIDEO: Here is why CNN has sued Trump in unprecedented move

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Giant American Media House Cable News Network (CNN) has made good its threat and filed  an unprecedented lawsuit against President Trump and his administration, seeking the immediate restoration of its chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s access to the White House.

The lawsuit is in response to the White House’s suspension of Acosta’s press pass, known as a Secret Service “hard pass,” last week. The suit alleges that Acosta and CNN’s First and Fifth Amendment rights are being violated by the ban.

According to CNN Spokeswoman, the suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday morning.

“CNN filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration this morning in DC District Court,” the statement read. “It demands the return of the White House credentials of CNN’s Chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta. 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. We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process.”

But in a quick rejoinder, soon after CNN went public with the action it is taking, White House let out a terse statement indicating its resolve to defend its position.  White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that CNN is “grandstanding” by suing and that the Trump administration  will “vigorously defend” itself.

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CNN also asserted that other news organizations could have been targeted by the Trump administration this way, and could be in the future.

“While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone,” the network said. “If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials.”

There are six defendants: Trump, chief of staff John Kelly, press secretary Sarah Sanders, deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine, Secret Service director Joseph Clancy, and the Secret Service officer who took Acosta’s hard pass away last Wednesday. The officer is identified as John Doe in the suit, pending his identification.

The six defendants are all named because of their roles in enforcing and announcing Acosta’s suspension

and both CNN and Acosta are plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

CNN wrote a letter to the White House on Friday formally requesting the immediate reinstatement of Acosta’s pass and warning of a possible lawsuit, but the Trump administration has remained adamant.

In a statement on Tuesday morning, CNN said it is seeking a preliminary injunction as soon as possible so that Acosta can return to the White House right away, and a ruling from the court preventing the White House from revoking Acosta’s pass in the future.

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The White House accused Acosta of placing his hands on an intern who was trying to take a microphone away from him during a press conference.

In the current suit, CNN Worldwide chief counsel David Vigilante is joined by two prominent attorneys, Ted Boutrous and Theodore Olson to represent the Media organisation.

According to CNN, Acosta is on a previously scheduled vacation this week. He declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Here is the full statement issued by the White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Tuesday:

“We have been advised that CNN has filed a complaint challenging the suspension of Jim Acosta’s hard pass. This is just more grandstanding from CNN, and we will vigorously defend against this lawsuit.

CNN, who has nearly 50 additional hard pass holders, and Mr. Acosta is no more or less special than any other media outlet or reporter with respect to the First Amendment. After Mr. Acosta asked the President two questions—each of which the President answered—he physically refused to surrender a White House microphone to an intern, so that other reporters might ask their questions. This was not the first time this reporter has inappropriately refused to yield to other reporters.
The White House cannot run an orderly and fair press conference when a reporter acts this way, which is neither appropriate nor professional. The First Amendment is not served when a single reporter, of more than 150 present, attempts to monopolize the floor. If there is no check on this type of behavior it impedes the ability of the President, the White House staff, and members of the media to conduct business.”

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The White House Correspondents’ Association also released a statement Tuesday about CNN’s lawsuit against President Trump.

WHCA President Oliver Knox said the association “strongly supports CNN’s goal of seeing their correspondent regain a US Secret Service security credential that the White House should not haven taken away in the first place.”

 

 

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