The federal judge handling the CNN case delayed the decision on whether or not to order the administration of President Donald Trump to return press credentials to correspondent Jim Acosta.
Judge Timothy Kelly, who was appointed by Trump, decided to leave the possible decision for the hearing on Friday at 10:00 am On Wednesday the first hearing of the case was held and this Thursday the judge listened to the arguments of both parties.
More hearings are expected in the coming weeks.
The government withdrew Acosta’s credentials last week after Trump said at a press conference that he did not want to hear anything from Acosta, but the reporter refused to give up the microphone. Trump called Acosta “a rude and terrible person”, and the reason for having made the decision has varied during the week.
In the lawsuit, filed on Monday, November 13, CNN asks that Jim Acosta be allowed to return as a White House correspondent. The media described the recall as a “blatant attempt to censor the press and exclude reporters from the White House who challenge or question the president’s point of view.”
The channel invokes the First Amendment in the lawsuit, which contemplates the rights of free expression, as well as the due process guaranteed under the constitutional clause on fair treatment during judicial proceedings.
CNN attorney Theodore J. Boutrous said Acosta was singled out for his coverage of the White House, not because of his alleged rudeness at the press conference.
The Justice Department’s attorney representing the government, James Burnham, argues the recall of the credentials pointing out what he calls Acosta’s “inappropriate swagger”, which in the opinion of the Trump administration deserves to lose access to the White House ” Refusing to comply with the general standards of a press conference. “
Burnham said that the White House is essentially the home and office of President Trump so he had the right to decide who can or can not enter. He said that CNN also has a dozen employees with credentials in the White House so it would not interfere with their coverage.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and several media outlets such as Fox News and The Associated Press also requested that the credential be returned to Acosta.
If he decides in favor of the news channel, Acosta would obtain his credential for a short time, but with the lawsuit CNN seeks a long-term solution in which the judge declares that the act was unconstitutional.