Federal judge appointed by Trump orders White House to reinstate the press pass of CNN's Jim Acosta

A federal judge delivered a blow to the White House in a lawsuit filed by CNN over Jim Acosta's revoked press pass

By Travis Gettys
Published November 16, 2018 3:57PM (UTC)
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A White House aide takes the microphone from CNN's Jim Acosta, during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. A doctored video of this incident went viral. (AP/Evan Vucci)

This article originally appeared on Raw Story

A federal judge delivered a blow to the White House in a lawsuit filed by CNN over a revoked press pass for reporter Jim Acosta.

Judge Timothy Kelly found Friday morning that the U.S. government must give Acosta due process before revoking his press pass — which he ordered must be reinstated.

The judge said the White House’s written arguments for banning the reporter were “hardly sufficient to satisfy” Acosta’s Fifth Amendment right to due process.

He noted that Sarah Huckabee Sanders offered two differing justifications for revoking the “hard pass” credentials from Acosta.

Kelly agreed with the White House that there was no First Amendment right to access the press briefing room, and he said Sanders and President Donald Trump were under no obligation to call on him.

The judge said the White House did not provide due process to Acosta, and he said the process was “so shrouded in mystery that the government could not tell me … who made the decision.”

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