Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Sanders Wrecks CNN, Acosta In Statement Responding To 'Grandstanding' Lawsuit Against Trump

Sanders Wrecks CNN, Acosta In Statement Responding To 'Grandstanding' Lawsuit Against Trump

In its lawsuit filed on Tuesday in US District Court in Washington, the cable news network said the White House violated the First Amendment right to free speech as well as the due process clause of the Constitution providing fair treatment through judicial process.

A United States federal judge says he will hold a hearing on CNN's lawsuit against the Trump administration seeking the speedy reinstatement of press credentials for White House correspondent Jim Acosta, a frequent target of President Donald Trump. We intend to file an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court.

CNN claims the lawsuit is necessary to avoid a "dangerous chilling effect" for journalists covering the White House, but the Trump administration has accused Acosta and CNN of "grandstanding" over the incident and promised to "vigorously defend" against it.

That contact has been widely debated, with CNN downplaying it, while the White House said it was a physical assault on the woman, and used that as one justification for revoking Mr. Acosta's press pass.

By this point, Trump had had enough, telling Acosta to put down the microphone because he was moving on; Acosta continued to be a pain in the a**, even refusing to surrender the microphone when a White House aide tried to intervene.

Fox News is the first TV network to announce an intention to file a friend-of-the-court brief in support of CNN.

The lawsuit over Acosta's press credentials is the latest escalation in a long-running spat between Trump and CNN, which he has repeatedly dismissed as "fake news" and "the enemy of the people".

Sanders said, "We have been advised that CNN has filed a complaint challenging the suspension of Jim Acosta's hard pass".

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"Mr. Acosta is no more or less special than any other media outlet or reporter with respect to the First Amendment", Sanders continued, noting that CNN "has almost 50 additional hard pass holders". "You are a rude, awful person; you shouldn't be working for CNN", Trump told Acosta.

Trump and Acosta faced off during a November 7 White House news conference. "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", Wallace added.

The White House later released a statement saying it was suspending Acosta's hard pass, which provides expedited access to the White House grounds. When a White House intern came to take the microphone from him Mr. Acosta refused to give it back.

"Such interactions [between reporter and president] however uncomfortable they may appear to be, help define the strength of our national institutions", the association said.

"Just sit down, please", Trump said.

"We can't have a president acting like dictators do all over the world - to silence reporters that they don't like or reporters who say things or dig too deeply or expose the president too much", Ted Olson, the attorney representing CNN in its lawsuit, said Tuesday.

"I think Jim Acosta's been on Twitter the entire time - I'm not sure how his First Amendment rights are abridged".

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