The White House sent a letter to CNN’s Jim Acosta on Friday stating that his press credentials will be suspended again after the 14 day restraining order expires.
In response, CNN requested an emergency hearing on Monday to block the move and claims the Trump administration is violating his Fifth Amendment rights, Fox News reports.
The latest move comes after a federal judge ruled in favor of CNN last week and ordered the White House to restore Acosta’s press credentials.
Below is a screenshot of the letter sent to Acosta from White House Communications Director Bill Shine.
CNN responded on Sunday with a new statement:
“The White House is continuing to violate the First and 5th Amendments of the Constitution. These actions threaten all journalists and news organizations. Jim Acosta and CNN will continue to report the news about the White House and the President.”
CNN claims that it had intended to “resolve this dispute amicably” by working with the White House “to establish protocols” for news conferences “on a going forward basis.”
Instead, the White House sent the letter to Acosta, which details a slew of reasons for revoking the CNN reporters press credentials.
CNN’s Brian Stelter wrote in his “Reliable Sources” email newsletter on Friday that the Trump administration is not done with Acosta after a federal judge ruled in favor of CNN last week and ordered the White House to restore Acosta’s press credentials.
“White House officials sent Acosta a letter stating that his pass is set to be suspended again once the restraining order expires,” Stelter wrote.
“From the looks of the letter, the W.H. is trying to establish a paper trail that will empower the administration to boot Acosta again at the end of the month,” he added.
The legal back-and-forth began after an incident between Acosta and a White House intern during a news conference earlier this month.
When Trump called on him during the news conference, Acosta spent several minutes endlessly interrupting the president and accusing him of “demonizing immigrants.”
Trump responded by saying CNN should be “ashamed” of hiring Acosta and called the attention-driven reporter a “rude, terrible person.”
When a White House intern attempted to grab the microphone from Acosta, the CNN reporter can be seen grabbing it tighter while continuing to yell his questions. The insane exchange resulted in the White House suspending Acosta’s “hard pass,” meaning his press credentials.
The issue at hand is that Acosta, CNN, and others in the media are claiming that the CNN reporter never put his hand on the intern, when he clearly did.
In a slow-motion version of the clip, it appears Acosta did drop his hand on the intern’s arm, which looks like an attempt to prevent her from taking the microphone from him.
Is it really, Jim? pic.twitter.com/nNS9yFpcn9
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) November 8, 2018
In case the video does not make it apparent, below is an image from the clip, which show Acosta’s hand clearly on the interns arm.
That’s not his hand on her arm pushing away the young intern trying to do her job? pic.twitter.com/Wlzi68TmoE
— B. Rad Tussinjee (@MimeFight) November 8, 2018
Time will tell what happens next in the saga, but the White House is planning on suspending Acosta’s press pass again when it expires in roughly two weeks.
And CNN is back in court filing for an emergency order to block the move.