Judge postpones decision in CNN lawsuit over Jim Acostas press pass

Judge postpones decision in CNN lawsuit over Jim Acosta\s press pass
Judge postpones ruling on whether Jim Acosta will keep his White House pass
A federal judge in Washington has postponed a hearing where he was expected to rule on whether the Trump White House had the right to revoke CNN reporter Jim Acostas press pass

Judge Timothy Kelly moved Thursday afternoons scheduled hearing to Friday morning. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia did not say why. 

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Kelly heard arguments Wednesday afternoon from lawyers representing CNN and the U.S. Department of Justice.

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CNN and Acosta say the suspension of his White House press pass violates the U.S. Constitution. The First Amendment guarantees freedom of the press; the Fifth provides that the government cant act against a person without due process.

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The White House announced the suspension of Acostas access without consulting him or allowing CNN to state its case.

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CNN Chief White House Corresspondent Jim Acosta (center) arrived for a court hearing in Washington on Wednesday, flanked by his attorney (right) and CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist (left) In the back is CNN public relations officer Lauren Pratapas

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Acosta (pictured yesterday in Washington) and CNN say the White House has violated the First and Fifth Amendment by banning him

Wallace added, “While we don’t condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the President and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access and open exchanges for the American people.” Fred Ryan, the publisher and CEO of the Washington Post, also expressed his support for the action in a separate statement.

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He said on Tuesday night, “We support CNN in its effort to restore the press credentials of its White House reporter. It is a journalist’s role to ask hard questions, hold the powerful to account and provide readers with as much information as possible.”

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Theodore Boutrous, an attorney representing CNN, said there never will there be more evidence of facial discrimination and animus against an individual reporter than in this case.

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The network is seeking an immediate restraining order that would force the White House to return Acostas credentials – which grant reporters as-needed access to the 18-acre complex.

Sanders initially explained the decision by accusing Acosta of making improper physical contact with the intern seeking to grab the microphone. But that rationale disappeared after witnesses backed Acosta’s account that he was just trying to keep the microphone, and Sanders distributed a doctored video that made it appear Acosta was more aggressive than he actually was. On Tuesday, Sanders accused Acosta of being unprofessional by trying to dominate the questioning at the news conference.

Acosta has repeatedly clashed with Trump and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in briefings over the last two years. 

Kelly, a Trump appointee, heard arguments Wednesday from lawyers representing CNN and the Justice Department. The news network is seeking an immediate restraining order that would force the White House to hand back Acosta’s credentials, which grant reporters access into the 18-acre complex.

Acosta saw his press credentials revoked last Wednesday after he clashed with an intern over a press conference microphone and harangued President Donald Trump 

Acosta has clashed repeatedly with Trump and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in briefings over the last two years. But the dynamic devolved into a near-shouting match during a combative press conference last week following midterm elections in which Republicans lost control of the House.

(CNN)Lawyers for CNN and the Trump administration are awaiting an initial ruling on the networks federal lawsuit over press access to the White House. And theyre going to have to wait a little while longer.