CNN has dropped its lawsuit against the White House alleging that the president and his team violated the network’s First and Fifth Amendment rights after the White House announced Monday that it was restoring Jim Acosta’s permanent press pass.
CNN filed the suit the day after the White House stripped Acosta of his pass, claiming that the White House’s press office violated the network’s First Amendment rights of freedom of the press and Acosta’s Fifth Amendment right to due process because he was deprived of property without proper notice or what Acosta and the network considered a proper hearing.
Acosta refused to sit down during a press conference with President Donald Trump, peppering the president with follow-up questions on a variety of issues as the President attempted to move on and answer questions from other reporters. When a White House press aide stepped up to take the microphone away from Acosta, he grappled for it, eventually pushing the aide and keeping the microphone.
The suit targeted the press office, but also Sarah Huckabee Sanders personally, as well as the White House Secret Service agent responsible for confiscating Acosta’s physical badge. – READ MORE