A federal judge has temporarily restored CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s hard press pass Friday after a confrontation with President Donald Trump this week led to the White House limiting the journalist’s access.
“I want to thank all of my colleagues in the press who have supported us this week and I want to thank the judge for the decision he made today,” Acosta said outside the D.C. district courthouse on Friday. “Let’s get back to work!”
Watch the video below:
“Let’s get back to work,” CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta says after judge grants CNN’s request for a temporary restraining order to restore his press pass. https://t.co/hqOwYWutvz pic.twitter.com/Uc1770FBzw
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 16, 2018
The judge who sided with CNN was Timothy J. Kelly, who was appointed by President Trump last year. Kelly tore into allegations made by the White House, including the one by Sarah Huckabee Sanders that insisted Acosta laid hands on the intern who tried to take his microphone away.
The case is still pending, but the order from the judge restored Acosta’s pass while the larger case unfolds, giving hope to CNN that the case will end in victory as well. The media company is arguing that the White House denied Acosta’s First and Fith Amendment rights.
CNN’s lawsuit names President Donald Trump, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Bill Shine, the United States Secret Service (USSS), USSS Director Randolph Alles, and a Secret Service agent as the defendants.
Acosta and CNN released a joint statement in response to Friday’s ruling:
“We are gratified with this result and we look forward to a full resolution in the coming days. Our sincere thanks to all who have supported not just CNN, but a free, strong and independent American press.”
The American Civil Liberties Union backed CNN and Acosta in the case. On Friday ACLU director Ben Wizner released a statement in response targeting Trump and the current administration.
“Today’s decision reaffirms that no one, not even the president is above the law, ” he said.
“The White House surely hoped that expelling a reporter would deter forceful questioning, but the court’s ruling will have the opposite effect. The freedom of the press is a bedrock principle, and or democracy is strengthened when journalists challenge our leaders rather than defend them.”