WH Warns Acosta They'll Strip Press Pass Again Once Restraining Order Expires

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And, per usual, upon arrival at the White House from his probation or whatever you want to call it, Acosta attempted to shift the topic entirely unto himself as if the American public actually gives a damn what happened to their colleague who is seemingly unable to control his "urgent" questions for the president.

But Trump played down the ruling, saying it wasn't "a big deal".

But hours after Acosta returned to the White House grounds on Friday and began reporting on his beat, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine sent Acosta a letter informing him of their preliminary decision to revoke his pass. At no point was Acosta's barred access to the White House.

A federal judge on Friday ordered that Acosta's credentials be restored, after he granted CNN's request for a 14-day temporary restraining order, ruling that the administration failed to give their chief White House correspondent his due process by revoking his hard pass after a contentious November 7 press conference.

By the end of the day, Acosta press credentials had been revoked.

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"What they said though was that we have to create rules and regulations for conduct, et cetera, et cetera", Trump said.

In an interview on Friday, following Judge Kelly's ruling, Trump told Fox News he would not tolerate reporters "acting up" in the future. Trump, seeking to move on after answering Acosta's initial question, called Acosta a "rude, bad person" as Acosta held on to the microphone and kept talking while a White House intern tried to take it back. But he also found that a reporter's "First Amendment liberty interest in a White House press pass" is also protected by the Fifth Amendment's due process guarantees, as The Washington Post's Erik Wemple previously reported.

But on Sunday night, CNN's Brian Stelter of "Reliable Sources" said in his newsletter that "White House officials sent Acosta a letter stating that his pass is set to be suspended again once the restraining order expires".

CNN's legal team says that a new Trump administration effort to revoke Jim Acosta's hard pass again violates his constitutional rights, and they are asking for a new hearing.

"I think one of the things we'll do is maybe turn the camera off that faces them because then they don't have any air time, although I'll probably be sued for that and maybe win or lose it, who knows?"

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