CNN announced that they were filing a lawsuit against the White House after a heated exchange between CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta and President Donald Trump, which caused Acosta’s credentials to be revoked.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has kept firm in her stance that the White House will continue to suspend Acosta’s credentials after the recent press conference. Now, she’s standing strong to “vigorously defend against” CNN’s lawsuit.
CNN filed a lawsuit against the White House in DC district court and is demanding Acosta’s credentials be returned.
“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.”
Read the full statement below:
This morning, CNN filed a lawsuit against @realDonaldTrump and top aides. The White House has violated CNN and @Acosta's First Amendment rights of freedom of the press and Fifth Amendment rights to due process. Complaint: https://t.co/43oX6L8xA7 pic.twitter.com/RvJ0Cgh6oi
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 13, 2018
In a White House press release, Sanders called CNN’s move “just more grandstanding” by the network.
“We will vigorously defend against this lawsuit,” she continued.
Addressing CNN’s remark on the First Amendment, Sanders explained how CNN has several other pass holders and “Acosta is no more or less special than any other media outlet or reporter.”
Sanders stood by her original statement when she reiterated, “The question is: did the reporter make contact or not? The video is clear, he did. We stand by our statement.”
Now she’s once again claiming that “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 press secretary slammed Acosta for his “neither appropriate nor professional” manner.
“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.”
WHITE HOUSE on CNN lawsuit: "This is just more grandstanding from CNN, and we will vigorously defend against this lawsuit….The White House cannot run an orderly and fair press conference when a reporter acts this way" pic.twitter.com/wTHpQ1sjbL
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) November 13, 2018
“Honestly, I think you should let me run the country and you run CNN,” Trump said during the exchange.
Watch the video 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
After the White House revoked Acosta’s credentials, Acosta and CNN both called Sanders a liar, as IJR previously noted.
Trump, however, defended Sanders, calling Acosta “a very unprofessional man.”
He continued to share that the White House is a “very sacred place to be” and Acosta didn’t treat it that way.
“You have to treat the White House with respect. You have to treat the presidency with respect,” Trump added. “If you’ve ever seen him dealing with Sarah Huckabee Sanders, it’s a disgrace.”