White House Reinstates Jim Acosta's Press Pass, CNN Dropping Lawsuit

CNN's Jim Acosta enters the Brady press briefing room upon returning back to the White House in Washington on Nov. 16 2018

"The President is aware of this decision and concurs".

Under the rules, "a journalist called upon to ask a question will ask a single question and then will yield the floor to other journalists", but a follow-up question may be permitted at the president's discretion, Sanders said. "Jim Acosta and CNN will continue to report the news about the White House and the President". "It would be a great loss for all if, instead of relying on the professionalism of White House journalists, we were compelled to devise a lengthy and detailed code of conduct for White House events".

"People have to behave", he told reporters Friday in response to questions about Acosta, adding, "we're writing up rules and regulations to make our position".

CNN dropped its lawsuit against the White House after the reinstatement of Acosta's hard-pass.

"This is a high-risk confrontation for both sides", Mike Allen of Axios wrote in a Monday item about Trump's new targeting of Acosta.

Sanders said the White House may initiate further rules of decorum, if necessary.

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Acosta later tweeted that his press credentials to the White House had been revoked . You've got to treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect".

The White House's explanations for why it seized Acosta's hard pass shifted over the week afterwards.

In court, USA government lawyers said there was no First Amendment right of access to the White House and that Acosta was penalized for acting rudely at the news conference and not for his criticism of the president. He did not rule on CNN's argument about First Amendment violations.

The letter gave Acosta less than 48 hours to contest the "preliminary decision" and said a "final determination" would be made by Monday at 3 p.m. This first amendment interest undoubtedly qualifies as liberty which may not be denied without due process of law under the fifth amendment.

For his part, Trump has said the issue is "not a big deal."

As it stands, Acosta is guaranteed use of his press pass to the White House through the end of the month. After all, the government couldn't lawfully revoke your right to post on the Internet by simply sending you a letter beforehand explaining its intention to do so. The White House had considered only restoring the pass temporarily for the time required by the judge, but it caved and issued a full restoration Monday. For that, you'd probably need to show that he's a security risk and can't be trusted to be anywhere in proximity to the president. Which, considering how rarely briefings are held anymore, is what they've already basically done. He could defeat the entire goal of press passes by canceling press briefings indefinitely.

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