CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta has told a U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that he ‘politely’ questioned President Donald Trump. This was stated in his sworn declaration and submitted, dated November 13, and is part of the lawsuit that he and CNN filed against Trump, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, and several others including the Secret Service agent who revoked Acosta’s ‘hard pass.’ Acosta also claims in his statement that the notion of him placing his hands on a White House intern during a heated exchange with President Trump is ‘false.’
The sworn statement begins with “I, Abilio James Acosta, hereby declare under penalty of perjury the following…” Peruse all the way to paragraph fifteen where it states that Acosta ‘politely’ questions the president and mentions the incident with the intern in which light physical contact was made.
Paragraph fifteen states per the report on CNS News:
“During the November 7 press conference, I had two questions I wanted to ask the President, about the migrant caravan and the Russia investigation. I raised my hand was called on by the President as had happened many times before. As the C-SPAN video of this press conference accurately reflects, the President repeatedly interrupted me, and I firmly but politely persisted in asking my two questions and trying to get responses. The President apparently did not like my questions, however, as he did not respond to them and ultimately directed me to stop talking. In other words, it was a typical presidential press conference. Indeed, the only thing unusual about this press conference was that at one point a White House intern approached me and attempted to physically remove the microphone from my right hand. The C-SPAN video accurately depicts what happened. As it shows, I held onto the microphone, stated ‘Pardon me, ma’am,’ and continued asking the President my questions. As eyewitnesses have noted, and as the video clearly demonstrates, the White House’s contention that I ‘plac[ed] my hands on’ the intern is false. In my time as a White House correspondent, I have not seen or experienced a White House intern trying to physically remove a microphone from a reporter’s hand. I interpreted the intern’s unprecedented actions as an expression of the President’s dissatisfaction with the topics of my questions.”
Acosta’s perception of the incident is that he “politely persists” and that any suggestion that he placed his “hands” on the intern is false.
The following is a video of the incident involving Jim Acosta, President Trump, and the White House intern who tried to retrieve the microphone from Acosta, who then grabs the mic with both hands and continues speaking after Trump stated: “that’s enough.”
The White House had revoked Acosta’s press credentials and CNN and Acosta filed a lawsuit. A judge issued a restraining order that required the White House to provide Acosta with his press credentials once again. The court order is temporary until the lawsuit is decided or settled.
The White House has since issued a new set of rules for the press during news conferences sparked by the incident with Jim Acosta.