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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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Terror suspect arrested for threatening to kill DCI Kinoti 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

A Nairobi woman who was recently arrested for sending letters laced with deadly chemicals to the Canadian embassy in Nairobi has yet again been found on the wrong side of the law.

Tracy Wairimu Ndegwa was arrested on Thursday, August 6, for threatening to kill the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti.

Wairimu is reported to have threatened to kill the DCI boss shortly after she was released to go for a mental checkup at DCI headquarters.

She was to be charged on Friday, August 7, but her arraignment coincided with her appointment at the Mathari Mental Hospital where she was to undergo mental checkup.

Like in the case of the Canadian embassy, the woman sent Kinoti letters containing a white powder and alleged he would die after inhaling the powder.

Prior to sending the letters laced with chemicals to the Canadian envoy Lisa Stadelbauer, Wairimu had been arraigned at Milimani Law Courts for threatening to kill another person and was released on KSh 50,000 bond.

She was to be charged before senior resident magistrate Charles Mwaniki of the Kibera Law Courts for threatening to kill Stadelbauer but the matter was postponed until August 24, 2020.

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Her lawyer, Steve Ogolla, said she was an outpatient at Mathari but the prosecution said he had been making similar claims without furnishing courts with any documents to prove the same.

The suspect was released on KSh 100,000 bond and allowed to honour her appointment with the mental hospital until August 24 when she will be arraigned for the two offences of threatening to kill Kinoti and Stadelbauer.

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Sonko celebrates Elachi’s resignation 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Nairobi governor Mike Sonko seems to be in a celebratory mood after the resignation of Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi.

Moments after Elachi announced her resignation, Sonko posted several videos on his social media accounts that suggested that he was celebrating the exit of speaker.

In one of the worship songs he posted, Sonko captioned “Yuko Mungu Mbiguni Asikiaye Maombi yetu (There is God in Heaven who hears our prayers)”.

In another video, Sonko said that “We have seen your mighty hand Lord”, before he added another one with the infamous Jubilee Party supporters campaign slogan that “sio juju ni maombi (It’s not witchcraft, it’s prayers)”.

Sonko and Elachi have been at loggerheads, and at one time Elachi declared herself the governor after Sonko was barred from accessing his office.

Announcing her resignation today, Elachi accused Sonko of being one of the people after her life.

“Governor Sonko, you cannot go on threatening people’s lives and their families. You also have a family. You cannot have everything, just nurture what God has given you,” Elachi said in a statement.

Former Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi and Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko

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CS Kagwe on the spot over statement on Ramadhan Kajembe, wife deaths 

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The children of the late Changamwe MP Ramadhan Kajembe have demanded an apology from Health CS Mutahi Kagwe in 14 days without which they threatened to sue him.

Kagwe, during a press briefing on August 9, 2020, had cited a case of a son who refused to accept a positive Covid-19 diagnosis and infected his elderly parents, who have since passed on.

“He (the son) refused to self isolate which led to the infection of his sister and parents. Unlike him, they are elderly and as usual with underlying conditions so they were impacted more.

“As we speak, this family has lost the one elderly family member, the head of the household just two weeks after burying his mother,” Kagwe disclosed.

Speaking from the late MP’s home, the children expressed displeasure at Kagwe’s sentiments which they stated had attracted stigmatisation.

The family acknowledged that both Kajembe and his wife had died of Covid-19 and asked the government to allow them time to mourn.

“It is unfortunate that a whole cabinet secretary can come out and issue a mere statetement that a young man who brought coronavirus to his parents. We are urging the CS to withdraw the sentiments against my family,” one of Kajembe’s sons stated.

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The family was also bitter that Governor Mike Sonko posted Kagwe’s sentiments on his official Facebook account and attached photos of Kajembe’s burial.

Led by Kajembe’s children – Harun Kajembe, Sudi Kajembe, Mohammed Kajembe, Fatma Kajembe and their brother- in-law Mabruk Juma, they demanded that the CS and Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko should apologise within the next 14 days, failure to which, they would take legal action.

“Death is inevitable. It is very sad that the Cabinet Secretary will accuse our brother of killing our parents. You can only imagine the kind of stigma this has brought to our family,” Harun stated.

Contrary to Kagwe’s sentiments, the family stated that their brother contracted Covid-19 but immediately self-isolated in one of the hospitals in Mombasa.

Kajembe died on August 7, 2020, at the Pandya Hospital, two weeks after his first wife Mama Aziza Kajembe died.

In March, the MP had lost his second wife Mama Zaharia Kajembe at the Aga Khan Hospital in Mombasa County, where she had been undergoing treatment.

The MP is survived by 16 children

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