(National Sentinel) Warning: The White House has already informed CNN the administration intends to pull correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass again at the end of the month, setting the stage, no doubt, for yet another court battle.
“After CNN won a temporary restraining order on Friday, forcing the White House to restore his press pass for 14 days, White House officials sent Acosta a letter stating that his pass is set to be suspended again once the restraining order expires,” CNN’s Brian Stetler reported late Sunday.
The network then claimed that the Trump administration was violating the Constitution — ironic given its penchant for trashing the Second Amendment.
“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 said in a statement.
Acosta’s hard press pass was revoked after he refused to surrender the microphone to a White House intern after POTUS Trump attempted to move on during a recent press conference because the CNN correspondent was badgering him instead of asking questions.
As to the network’s statement: First of all, the federal judge in the case never addressed the network’s First Amendment argument because CNN has something like 50 other correspondents with press passes covering the White House.
Secondly, the administration is currently working on drawing up rules of decorum so that it can satisfy the court’s ruling on Acosta’s Fifth Amendment due process rights (though ‘press passes’ doesn’t seem to qualify under the provision’s “life, liberty, and property” clause).
“We have to create rules and regulations for conduct, etc., etc. We’re doing that. We’re going to write them up right now,” POTUS Trump told Fox News‘ Chris Wallace Sunday. “It’s not a big deal. And if he [Acosta] misbehaves, we’ll throw him out, or we’ll stop the news conference.”
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