Donald Trump had it out for CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta … so says a federal judge who has just ordered The White House to give Acosta his press credentials back.
The judge didn’t buy the White House party line, because it shifted from Acosta making contact with a W.H. intern as the basis for its decision, to Acosta’s “general conduct.”
The judge did not base his core ruling off the First Amendment but rather the Due Process clause of the 5th Amendment. The judge said the decision to revoke the pass was “so shrouded in mystery that the government could not tell me … who made the decision.”
The judge went on to say Trump has no obligation to call on Acosta during White House news conferences but Acosta has a right to due process before his hard pass can be revoked.
CNN and its chief White House reporter, Jim Acosta, sued TrumpTuesday after Acosta’s hard pass was yanked following aggressive questioning last week during a press conference … Trump and Co. pulled his pass after he made contact with a White House intern, who was trying to take the mic away from him.
CNN argued in court Trump was infringing on Acosta’s 1st and 5th Amendment rights by pulling his press pass, adding the real reason behind the move is his extreme hatred for CNN.
For his part, Trump’s White House lawyers responded by saying the Prez can pick and choose who gets on White House grounds to cover his administration.