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CNN’s lawsuit toward President Donald Trump

Cristian Juarez-Diaz, Reporter

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On Tuesday, CNN and it’s Chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, filed a suit against President Trump. When Jim Acosta’s press pass was revoked, they demanded it to be returned from White House Secretary Sarah Sanders. CNN said, “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.” CNN also argued that revocation of Acosta’s credentials is only the beginning.

CNN’s lawyers also wrote in the documents that the president is lacking the authority to squash the first amendment and that access to the White House cannot be denied arbitrarily. According to the lawsuit, CNN and Acosta are aiming to enforce a constitutional commitment to hopefully get Acosta’s well deserved credentials back. Also, to ensure the press remains “free” from question from the government.

White House Secretary responds back and says, “the lawsuit more grandstanding from CNN” and vowed to “vigorously defend” against the lawsuit.

CNN is supposedly said to have nearly 50 “Hard Pass” holders, a common name to White House press credentials. Sanders said that Acosta is no more special than any other media outlet or reporter with respect of the First Amendment. She also says. “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.” The reason why is because he was trying to “monopolize the floor.”

Sanders also stated that the White House cannot maintain order if the reporter is acting in a childish and inappropriate way. Acosta also “Placed hands on a young woman who was doing her job,” which CNN instinctively denied.

During Tuesday’s statement Sanders didn’t say that Acosta didn’t make contact with the intern but instead would not physically let go of the microphone for other news reporters to ask questions.

Eventually the White House suspended Acosta’s press pass after he was in a heated exchange during a press conference on Wednesday.

 

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CNN’s lawsuit toward President Donald Trump