Judge orders CNN’s Acosta be allowed back into White House, by Jessica Gresko.
A federal judge ordered the Trump administration on Friday to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, though a lawsuit over the credentials’ revocation is continuing.
U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, an appointee of President Donald Trump, announced his decision at a hearing Friday morning. The judge said Acosta’s credentials must be reactivated to allow him access to the White House complex for press briefings and other events. …
[The judge] ordered Acosta’s pass returned for now in part because he said CNN was likely to prevail on its Fifth Amendment claim — that Acosta hadn’t received sufficient notice or explanation before his credentials were revoked or been given sufficient opportunity to respond before they were. …
Speaking to reporters after the decision, Trump said, “If they don’t listen to the rules and regulations, we will end up back in court and we will win.”
He later added: “We want total freedom of the press. It’s very important to me, more important to me than anybody would believe. But you have to act with respect when you’re in the White House, and when I see the way some of my people get treated at press conferences, it’s terrible. So we’re setting up a certain standard, which is what the court is requesting.”
Extraordinary. Now Trump isn’t even allowed to decide who gets invited into his workplace? The court has effectively ordered that he be subjected to insulting aggression and argumentation from Acosta. How bad would Acosta’s behavior have to be before he can legally be not given an invitation into the White House?
This is like when the judiciary suddenly changed the rules two years ago so that for the first time the President cannot decide who gets entry to the country — the “Muslim ban”. Now the judiciary is changing the rules on who can work in the White House. Like the former, the latter will eventually get overruled by later judges, presumably.
Another episode that shows that the deep state (a) are prepared to be incredibly biased politically, (b) hate Trump, and (c) are really running the show, subverting the will of the elected officials when it suits.
If Jim Acosta or CNN wish to compel the President to debate them, they should first go to the trouble of being elected to Congress — like anybody else.
Ed Driscoll: A quote from Jon Gabriel of Ricochet: “Only call on Acosta until the rest of the reporters demand his press pass is seized.”