CNN files First Amendment suit against Trump for revocation of reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass–ABA Journal

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

CNN and its chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, have sued President Donald Trump for revoking the reporter’s White House press pass after a staffer tried, without success, to take away Acosta’s microphone.

The suit, filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., alleges violations of a First Amendment right of access and a Fifth Amendment right to due process. The suit also claims the administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act by acting arbitrarily and capriciously. CNN’s statement and additional lawsuit documents are hereCNN, the Washington Post and Politico have coverage.

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“There can be no question that the revocation of Acosta’s credentials is a content- and viewpoint-based punishment imposed on him because the president and his administration do not like CNN or Acosta’s reporting,” CNN’s lawyers say in a memorandum of points and authorities.

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