Jim Acosta, CNN Suing White House Over Revoked Press Pass: Ex-WH Correspondent

CNN and White House correspondent Jim Acosta are suing the White House for revoking his press credentials, former ABC News White House correspondent Sam Donaldson revealed Sunday.

Donaldson said in an interview with CNN's Brian Stelter that he was asked to sign a document in the lawsuit and a hearing was scheduled for Tuesday.

"I hope I'm not mistaken but it's my understanding that CNN and have sued and there will be a court hearing on Tuesday on this very matter," Donaldson said.

"Not that I know of, but you may be ahead of me," Stelter replied.

CNN said in a statement that a decision has not been made on whether to proceed with a lawsuit.

"No decisions have been made. We have reached out to the White House and gotten no response,” the statement said.

WH defends Acosta ban:

Acosta was banned after refusing to give up a microphone to a White House intern who tried to take it away during a tense exchange with President Donald Trump.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended revoking Acosta's press pass by alleging that he "put his hands" on the intern and justified her statement by sharing a doctored video of the incident.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway admitted Sunday that the video was "sped up" but insisted "they do it all the time in sports."

First Amendment lawyer backs Acosta, CNN lawsuit:

Attorney Floyd Abrams, who successfully argued against the US Government in the release of the Pentagon Papers, said on CNN Sunday that the network should sue the Trump administration.

“Let me put it this way,” he told Stelter. “I can understand CNN being reluctant to sue because the president keeps saying CNN is the enemy of me, and CNN might have some reluctance to have a lawsuit titled ‘CNN vs. Donald Trump.’ That said, yes, I think they should sue and if it’s not about Acosta, this is going to happen again.”


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