CNN announced on Tuesday that it sued the White House for violating reporter Jim Acosta’s First Amendment rights when it revoked his press pass last week.
According to CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski, the lawsuit was filed in DC district court and demanded the White House return Acosta’s pass. Former solicitor general Ted Olson represented both the network and Acosta as plaintiffs.
“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,” a network statement read.
“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.”
As IJR previously noted, both CNN and Acosta accused White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders of lying when she accused him of putting his hands on a White House intern.
Watch the incident below:
JUDGE FOR YOURSELF: Did @Acosta "plac[e] his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a @WhiteHouse intern," as @PressSec claims? Here’s the video of the exchange being used as pretext to suspend @Acosta's credentials. pic.twitter.com/3ku9C2iBrk
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) November 8, 2018
In a statement, Olson argued that Acosta’s “press credentials must be restored so that all members of the press know they will remain free to ask tough questions, challenge government officials, and report the business of the nation to the American people.”