White House Plans to Pull Jim Acosta's Press Pass...Again

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Posted: Nov 19, 2018 11:35 AM
White House Plans to Pull Jim Acosta's Press Pass...Again

The White House plans to pull the press credential of CNN reporter Jim Acosta as soon as a 14-day restraining order expires.

"White House officials sent Acosta a letter stating that his pass is set to be suspended again once the restraining order expires," CNN reports.

Last week a judge ordered the White House to temporarily reinstate Acosta's pass, saying its revocation was a violation of the Fifth Amendment. His credential was suspended after he got into a physical altercation with a White House intern during a presidential press conference.

CNN has filed for an emergency hearing on the issue.

"The White House is continuing to violate the First and 5th Amendments of the Constitution. These actions threaten all journalists and news organizations. Jim Acosta and CNN will continue to report the news about the White House and the President," the network released in a statement Monday morning.

In the meantime, the White House is looking into a new set of guidelines for press conferences. 

“The court made clear that there is no absolute First Amendment right to access the White House. In response to the court, we will temporarily reinstate the reporter’s hard pass," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement last week. "We will also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future. There must be decorum at the White House.”

According to a new Rasmussen Reports survey, Americans are split on the White House decision to pull the credential. 

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with the White House’s decision to suspend Acosta’s press credentials, but just as many (44%) disagree with the decision. Another 13% are undecided.