US news channel CNN has sued President Donald Trump days after the White House suspended the credentials of one of its reporters for grilling the American President.
The lawsuit filed by CNN is against President Trump and several of his aides, seeking the immediate restoration of chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s access to the White House. A report on the CNN website read, “The lawsuit is a response to the White House’s suspension of Acosta’s press pass, known as a Secret Service “hard pass,” last week. The suit alleges that Acosta and CNN’s First and Fifth Amendment rights are being violated by the ban.”
The suit, according to CNN, was filed in ‘US District Court in Washington, DC on Tuesday morning.’ “Both CNN and Acosta are plaintiffs in the lawsuit. There are six defendants: Trump, chief of staff John Kelly, press secretary Sarah Sanders, deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine, Secret Service director Joseph Clancy, and the Secret Service officer who took Acosta’s hard pass away last Wednesday. The officer is identified as John Doe in the suit, pending his identification,” the report further added.
Last week, Trump had called Acosta ‘rude. terrible person’ as the reporter launched a barrage of uncomfortable questions towards the US President, who accused the journalist and his channel of peddling fake news. The journalist later took to Twitter to inform that the Secret Service stopped him when he tried to re-enter the White House on Wednesday evening.
Press secretary Sarah Sanders was later accused of posting a doctored video to justify the White House’s decision to ban his entry. She had claimed that the reporter’s access had been suspended because he put ‘his hands on a young woman.’
On Friday, CNN claimed, it had sent a letter to the White House formally requesting the immediate reinstatement of Acosta’s pass and warning of a possible lawsuit. A statement by CNN read, “It demands the return of the White House credentials of CNN’s Chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta. The wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta’s First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process. We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process.”