CNN Files Suit Against White House — It Claims The Trump Admin Violated Acosta’s 1st Amendment Rights

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:

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.”


  1. No CNN, you don’t go far enough! President Trump “assaulted” Acosta, when he pointed his finger at him!

    And the President “threatened” Acosta when Trump “screamed and yelled” at him that “that’s enough”.

    CNN should claim that Trump is “mentally unstable” for acting “Hitlarian” towards Acosta!

    SEE HOW THEY DO IT, FOLKS?! CNN is propagada, not news, and why they are champions of the Fake News Industry.

    1. ???????????????????????? I don’t quite get your drift on this one Vito!

      1. Sarcasm! It’s sarcasm. Forgot to state that. I am mocking CNN for how they intentionally slant the reporting in order to character assassinate Trump.

        1. Sorry Vito, I am so gullible that sarcasm eludes me most often.

          1. If you were gullible, you’d be a Dumbocrat. But you are not. So let’s just say, you tend to take statements literally. ??

  2. “Network president Jeff Zucker told employees that CNN stands behind them. “I want you to know that we have your backs”.

    Prove it. Zucker used to give raises when his reporters got negative reactions like this from the White House. He should give Acosta a raise to show all reporters that an adversarial press is what they *should* be. That’s their job.

  3. So, Jeff, if I demanded access to all of CNN’s executive meetings and acted like Acosta you’d be helpless before my 1st amendment rights?

    Clearly CNN’s staff attorneys need the work.

  4. They are suing to force access to the President. Not going to happen. Not his right to be in the pool because he wont stop peeing in it.

  5. The Republicans keep on proving, time and time again, that they really don’t care about rights. Actions speak louder than words.

  6. Fine, let him have his pass back but never let him ask another question as long as he breathes!

    1. My thought exactly. Let him in (to stop the Bernie Sanders lawsuit). Ignore him purposely. When he continues to shout out, infringe on the rights of actual journalists, etc. let THEM settle with him.

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