White House Chief Of Staff John Kelly Will Leave By The End Of The Year

Continuing the ongoing shakeups in the Trump administration, President Donald Trump said today that chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job at the end of the year.
Kelly was long-rumored to be at-odds with the president, with some reports indicati…

Continuing the ongoing shakeups in the Trump administration, President Donald Trump said today that chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job at the end of the year. Kelly was long-rumored to be at-odds with the president, with some reports indicating the two were not even speaking. No replacement has been named, but some reports suggest Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers, is a prime candidate for the job. Trump previously denied a rift with Kelly, saying in…

Michael Avenatti Says He Won’t Take On Donald Trump In 2020

“I have decided not to seek the presidency of the United States in 2020,” Michael Avenatti announced today, surprising no one, though maybe disappointing some, including cable news networks.
Stormy Daniels’ attorney insisted he would …

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Trump Says Ex-Lawyer Michael Cohen Is ‘Lying’ to Earn a Reduced Sentence

President Trump blasted Michael Cohen on Thursday morning, telling reporters his former attorney is “lying” to get a reduced sentence from federal investigators looking into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 U.S. election.

Trump called Cohen a “weak person” soon after the attorney plead guilty on Thursday to making false statements to investigators. Cohen said in a Manhattan court hearing that he submitted a false written statement about a Trump real estate deal in Moscow, according to Reuters.

“He’s trying to get a much lesser sentence by making up the story,” Trump told reporters. “Everybody knows about this deal.”

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Trump then added: “Even if he was right, it doesn’t matter because I was allowed to do whatever I wanted during the campaign,” according to BuzzFeed News.

Cohen said in court he made “misstatements” to federal investigators “to be consistent with individual 1’s political messaging and out of loyalty to individual 1,” according to Reuters. He’s previously said “individual 1” and President Trump are the same person.

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Cohen already pleaded guilty in August to campaign finance violations and bank fraud in a case from federal prosecutors. He testified the president ordered him to pay hush money to two women before the 2016 election. Trump has denied he was having an affair with the women.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump calls ex-lawyer Michael Cohen a ‘weak person’ after new guilty plea, claims he’s ‘lying’ to get a reduced sentence.

– Ken Thomas (@KThomasDC) November 29, 2018

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President Trump blasted Michael Cohen on Thursday morning, telling reporters his former attorney is “lying” to get a reduced sentence from federal investigators looking into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 U.S. election.

Trump called Cohen a “weak person” soon after the attorney plead guilty on Thursday to making false statements to investigators. Cohen said in a Manhattan court hearing that he submitted a false written statement about a Trump real estate deal in Moscow, according to Reuters.

“He’s trying to get a much lesser sentence by making up the story,” Trump told reporters. “Everybody knows about this deal.”

Trump then added: “Even if he was right, it doesn’t matter because I was allowed to do whatever I wanted during the campaign,” according to BuzzFeed News.

Cohen said in court he made “misstatements” to federal investigators “to be consistent with individual 1’s political messaging and out of loyalty to individual 1,” according to Reuters. He’s previously said “individual 1” and President Trump are the same person.

Cohen already pleaded guilty in August to campaign finance violations and bank fraud in a case from federal prosecutors. He testified the president ordered him to pay hush money to two women before the 2016 election. Trump has denied he was having an affair with the women.

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Bill Shine’s Fox News Severance Package Tops $8.4 Million

Bill Shine, the former co-president of Fox News and now the communications chief for the Trump administration, received $8.4 million in severance pay from 21st Century Fox after his resignation in May 2017, according to CNBC.
Along with that payout, Sh…

Bill Shine, the former co-president of Fox News and now the communications chief for the Trump administration, received $8.4 million in severance pay from 21st Century Fox after his resignation in May 2017, according to CNBC.

Along with that payout, Shine will receive bonuses and options for 2018 and 2019, both of which are valued at approximately $3.5 million, according to a White House financial disclosure report obtained by CNBC.

The White House press secretary’s office and representatives for Fox News did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on Friday. 21st Century Fox, the news outlet’s parent company, declined to comment.

CNBC says it obtained the report “after dozens of requests to the Office of Government Ethics.”

In July, The New York Times reported that the former co-president of Fox News was subpoenaed in 2017 as part of a criminal investigation into the company’s handling of multiple accusations of sexual harassment by top executives like former CEO Roger Ailes and on-air talent.

Though Shine was never personally accused of misconduct, he has been named in multiple civil suits against the channel with claims that he did not properly address complaints.

Shine joined the Trump White House to lead the communications team this summer, capping a long search to replace Hope Hicks. He is the fourth person to hold the turbulent job since Trump took office last year.

Many questioned his appointment given his high-profile position at Fox News when the accusations of misconduct — as well as pricey settlements to female staffers — first came to light.

Shine, a former protege of Ailes, was ousted last May as co-president, with Jack Abernethy remaining at the company. The two had been promoted to lead the network after the removal of Ailes as CEO in July 2016.

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Bill Shine’s Hefty Fox News Exit Package Divulged By White House

Bill Shine, the longtime Fox News executive who now has a top communications role in the White House received $15.4 million on severance and bonus pay, new documents show.
The figures came from a White House disclosure form obtained by CNBC, which said…

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Jim Acosta’s Press Credentials Restored by White House; CNN Drops Lawsuit

CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials have been fully restored by the White House, the network announced in a tweet on Monday. In response, CNN dropped its lawsuit against the Trump administration.

“Today the @WhiteHouse fully restored @Acosta’s press pass. As a result, our lawsuit is no longer necessary. We look forward to continuing to cover the White House,” said CNN in a terse statement Monday.

A rep for the White House did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

Today the @WhiteHouse fully restored @Acosta‘s press pass. As a result, our lawsuit is no longer necessary. We look forward to continuing to cover the White House.

— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 19, 2018

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The legal fight between CNN and the White House had looked certain to go on for weeks after the White House told CNN on Sunday that it planned to revoke Acosta’s press credentials after a 14-day injunction from a federal judge, which reinstated them on Friday, expired.

In restoring Acosta’s credentials, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders laid out new “rules” in an email Monday afternoon, saying that going forward, reporters would be allowed to ask only “one question” and that follow-ups would be determined at the president’s discretion. Anyone who violates the new rules would be subjection to revocation of their press credentials.

SARAH SANDERS says that Acosta’s press pass has been restored, sets new explicit standards of conduct for POTUS press conferences, and warns that they will do so for press in other non-public areas if they must. I pic.twitter.com/Q3FB0kTsPP

— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) November 19, 2018

Earlier this month, the White House yanked Acosta’s credentials after the CNN reporter refused to back down from a series of tough questions about the migrant caravan during an East Wing press conference.

“CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN,” Trump exploded at Acosta during the Nov. 7 press conference. “The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. The way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”

By that evening, Acosta’s press pass had been suspended and CNN filed suit a short time later. The network was presumed to have a strong case and an early ruling from federal Judge Timothy Kelly — a Trump appointee — had restored Acosta’s pass for two weeks.

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Fox News Backs CNN’s Lawsuit Against White House to Restore Jim Acosta’s Press Pass

CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials have been fully restored by the White House, the network announced in a tweet on Monday. In response, CNN dropped its lawsuit against the Trump administration.

“Today the @WhiteHouse fully restored @Acosta’s press pass. As a result, our lawsuit is no longer necessary. We look forward to continuing to cover the White House,” said CNN in a terse statement Monday.

A rep for the White House did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

The legal fight between CNN and the White House had looked certain to go on for weeks after the White House told CNN on Sunday that it planned to revoke Acosta’s press credentials after a 14-day injunction from a federal judge, which reinstated them on Friday, expired.

In restoring Acosta’s credentials, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders laid out new “rules” in an email Monday afternoon, saying that going forward, reporters would be allowed to ask only “one question” and that follow-ups would be determined at the president’s discretion. Anyone who violates the new rules would be subjection to revocation of their press credentials.

Earlier this month, the White House yanked Acosta’s credentials after the CNN reporter refused to back down from a series of tough questions about the migrant caravan during an East Wing press conference.

“CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN,” Trump exploded at Acosta during the Nov. 7 press conference. “The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. The way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”

By that evening, Acosta’s press pass had been suspended and CNN filed suit a short time later. The network was presumed to have a strong case and an early ruling from federal Judge Timothy Kelly — a Trump appointee — had restored Acosta’s pass for two weeks.

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White House Tells CNN They Will Continue Fight to Revoke Jim Acosta’s Press Credentials

The Trump administration says they have no intention to back down on plans to oust CNN’s Jim Acosta from the White House, telling the network in a letter that they would revoke his credentials again when a 14-day injunction from a federal judge expires.

The news was first reported in Brian Stelter’s Sunday evening “Reliable Sources” newsletter.

In a statement from CNN, the network said they would continue to fight.

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“The White House is continuing to violate the First and Fifth 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,” a spokesperson told TheWrap on Monday.

On Friday, CNN won Round 1 with the White House after Judge Timothy Kelly — a Trump appointee —  restored Acosta’s credentials in a 14 day restraining order.

“We are gratified with this result and we look forward to a full resolution in the coming days. Our sincere thanks to all who have supported not just CNN, but a free, strong and independent American press,” said CNN and Acosta in a joint statement at the time.

In her own statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said her side would comply with the order but promised a new set of “rules” to govern journalists behavior in the future.

“We will temporarily reinstate the reporter’s hard pass,” she said. “We will also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future.”

It’s unclear what those rules might look like, a rep for the White House did not immediately respond to request for comment on the matter.

The legal fight between the White House and CNN was sparked earlier this month with a tussle between Trump and Acosta during a press briefing in the East Room. Trump’s ire was stirred after Acosta refused to backdown from aggressive questions about the migrant caravan.

“CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN,” the president said on Nov. 7 as Acosta stammered. “The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. The way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”

By the end of the day, Acosta press credentials had been revoked.

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The Trump administration says they have no intention to back down on plans to oust CNN’s Jim Acosta from the White House, telling the network in a letter that they would revoke his credentials again when a 14-day injunction from a federal judge expires.

The news was first reported in Brian Stelter’s Sunday evening “Reliable Sources” newsletter.

In a statement from CNN, the network said they would continue to fight.

“The White House is continuing to violate the First and Fifth 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,” a spokesperson told TheWrap on Monday.

On Friday, CNN won Round 1 with the White House after Judge Timothy Kelly — a Trump appointee —  restored Acosta’s credentials in a 14 day restraining order.

“We are gratified with this result and we look forward to a full resolution in the coming days. Our sincere thanks to all who have supported not just CNN, but a free, strong and independent American press,” said CNN and Acosta in a joint statement at the time.

In her own statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said her side would comply with the order but promised a new set of “rules” to govern journalists behavior in the future.

“We will temporarily reinstate the reporter’s hard pass,” she said. “We will also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future.”

It’s unclear what those rules might look like, a rep for the White House did not immediately respond to request for comment on the matter.

The legal fight between the White House and CNN was sparked earlier this month with a tussle between Trump and Acosta during a press briefing in the East Room. Trump’s ire was stirred after Acosta refused to backdown from aggressive questions about the migrant caravan.

“CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN,” the president said on Nov. 7 as Acosta stammered. “The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. The way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”

By the end of the day, Acosta press credentials had been revoked.

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CNN Requests New Hearing After White House Threatens to Revoke Jim Acosta’s Hard Pass Again

WASHINGTON — CNN’s legal team says that a new Trump administration effort to revoke Jim Acosta’s hard pass again violates his constitutional rights. The news network is asking for a hearing next week, but one could come sooner. A fede…

WASHINGTON — CNN’s legal team says that a new Trump administration effort to revoke Jim Acosta’s hard pass again violates his constitutional rights. The news network is asking for a hearing next week, but one could come sooner. A federal judge on Friday ordered that Acosta’s credentials be restored, after he granted CNN’s request for […]

Jim Acosta Says ‘Let’s Go Back to Work’ After Judge Rules White House Must Return His Press Credential

CNN political correspondent Jim Acosta got straight to the point after a Washington, D.C. District court ruled the White House had to return his press credential on Friday, telling reporters outside the courthouse, “let’s go back to work.”

Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly granted CNN’s request for a temporary restraining order on Acosta’s behalf earlier that morning. However, Kelly did not make a ruling in CNN’s underlying case, filed Tuesday, against the Trump administration. The Friday decision will allow Acosta access to the White House for “at least a short period of time,” according to CNN. Several media outlets — including Fox News Channel — have publicly sided with CNN and Acosta on the matter.

“I want to thank all of my colleagues in the press who supported us this week. And I want to thank the judge for the decision he made today,” Acosta said. “And,” he added, pausing for a brief moment, “let’s go back to work.”

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Acosta started speaking at the 3:10 mark in the CNN clip below:

“I want to thank all of my colleagues in the press, who supported us this week … and let’s go back to work.”

CNN’s Jim @Acosta speaks outside of U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. as a judge orders the White House to return his press pass. https://t.co/vPjOD2bYoF pic.twitter.com/erh4vbHXST

— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) November 16, 2018

Acosta has long been a thorn in the side of President Trump — who has blasted blasted Acosta and CNN on multiple occasions as “fake news.” In June, Acosta pressed the president several times on whether he’d stop calling the media “the enemy of the people.” He also called Trump “a dishonest, deceptive person” at a CNN panel discussion in New York last month.

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Their contentious relationship came to a head earlier this month, after Acosta repeatedly questioned the president on the midterm elections. Trump called Acosta a “rude, terrible person” in an East Room press conference on Nov. 7. The White House revoked Acosta’s press pass later that day. That move set off a firestorm, with many journalists and pundits criticizing the president — while others, like Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro, skewered Acosta as a “terrible” objective journalist.

“This is a great day for the First Amendment and journalism,” attorney Ted Boutrous said Friday, before Acosta briefly acknowledged reporters.

“We are gratified with this result and we look forward to a full resolution in the coming days,” CNN said in a statement Friday, following Kelly’s ruling. “Our sincere thanks to all who have supported not just CNN, but a free, strong and independent American press.”

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CNN political correspondent Jim Acosta got straight to the point after a Washington, D.C. District court ruled the White House had to return his press credential on Friday, telling reporters outside the courthouse, “let’s go back to work.”

Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly granted CNN’s request for a temporary restraining order on Acosta’s behalf earlier that morning. However, Kelly did not make a ruling in CNN’s underlying case, filed Tuesday, against the Trump administration. The Friday decision will allow Acosta access to the White House for “at least a short period of time,” according to CNN. Several media outlets — including Fox News Channel — have publicly sided with CNN and Acosta on the matter.

“I want to thank all of my colleagues in the press who supported us this week. And I want to thank the judge for the decision he made today,” Acosta said. “And,” he added, pausing for a brief moment, “let’s go back to work.”

Acosta started speaking at the 3:10 mark in the CNN clip below:

Acosta has long been a thorn in the side of President Trump — who has blasted blasted Acosta and CNN on multiple occasions as “fake news.” In June, Acosta pressed the president several times on whether he’d stop calling the media “the enemy of the people.” He also called Trump “a dishonest, deceptive person” at a CNN panel discussion in New York last month.

Their contentious relationship came to a head earlier this month, after Acosta repeatedly questioned the president on the midterm elections. Trump called Acosta a “rude, terrible person” in an East Room press conference on Nov. 7. The White House revoked Acosta’s press pass later that day. That move set off a firestorm, with many journalists and pundits criticizing the president — while others, like Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro, skewered Acosta as a “terrible” objective journalist.

“This is a great day for the First Amendment and journalism,” attorney Ted Boutrous said Friday, before Acosta briefly acknowledged reporters.

“We are gratified with this result and we look forward to a full resolution in the coming days,” CNN said in a statement Friday, following Kelly’s ruling. “Our sincere thanks to all who have supported not just CNN, but a free, strong and independent American press.”

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Judge To Rule Thursday On CNN Request For Immediate Return of Jim Acosta’s White House Credentials

CNN and Jim Acosta will have to wait until Thursday to find out if Judge Timothy J. Kelly will restore Acosta’s White House credentials immediately.
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CNN and Jim Acosta will have to wait until Thursday to find out if Judge Timothy J. Kelly will restore Acosta’s White House credentials immediately. This at the end of a two hour hearing in Washington D.C. on CNN’s temporary restraining order request to get Acosta back in the White House. CNN filed suit against President Trump and several top aides in DC District Court on Tuesday, alleging the credential yanking violated CNN and Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment…

Fox News Backs CNN’s Lawsuit Against White House to Restore Jim Acosta’s Press Pass

Fox News announced it would file a legal brief supporting CNN’s legal challenge to the White House over the suspension of press privileges for CNN correspondent Jim Acosta.

“Fox News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter’s press credential. We intend to file an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court,” Fox News president Jay Wallace said in a statement.

“Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized,” he said. “While we don’t condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the President and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access and open exchanges for the American people.”

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On Tuesday, CNN announced their intention to sue the White House after the Trump Administration revoked the press credentials of network White House correspondent Jim Acosta. In addition to in-house counsel, the channel has retained top legal talent in their effort including former GOP Solicitor General Theodore Olson.

This morning, CNN filed a lawsuit against @realDonaldTrump and top aides. The White House has violated CNN and @Acosta‘s First Amendment rights of freedom of the press and Fifth Amendment rights to due process. Complaint: https://t.co/43oX6L8xA7 pic.twitter.com/RvJ0Cgh6oi

— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 13, 2018

“The Supreme Court has held in no uncertain terms that the First Amendment protects ‘robust political debate,’ including ‘speech that is critical of those who hold public office,’” said Olson in a statement.

“Mr. Acosta’s press credentials must be restored so that all members of the press know they will remain free to ask tough questions, challenge government officials, and report the business of the nation to the American people.”

Last week, Acosta lost his press credentials after an unusually nasty fight with Trump during an East Wing press conference. As an aide wrestled with the Acosta for control of the microphone, Trump lambasted the reporter on live television.

“CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN,” the president said as Acosta stammered. “The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. The way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”

In a statement, CNN thanked Fox News for the support.

Fox News will file an amicus brief in support of @Acosta and CNN. Thank you @FoxNews! Statement from Jay Wallace below: pic.twitter.com/1EyRkho0TK

— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 14, 2018

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Fox News announced it would file a legal brief supporting CNN’s legal challenge to the White House over the suspension of press privileges for CNN correspondent Jim Acosta.

“Fox News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter’s press credential. We intend to file an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court,” Fox News president Jay Wallace said in a statement.

“Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized,” he said. “While we don’t condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the President and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access and open exchanges for the American people.”

On Tuesday, CNN announced their intention to sue the White House after the Trump Administration revoked the press credentials of network White House correspondent Jim Acosta. In addition to in-house counsel, the channel has retained top legal talent in their effort including former GOP Solicitor General Theodore Olson.

“The Supreme Court has held in no uncertain terms that the First Amendment protects ‘robust political debate,’ including ‘speech that is critical of those who hold public office,'” said Olson in a statement.

“Mr. Acosta’s press credentials must be restored so that all members of the press know they will remain free to ask tough questions, challenge government officials, and report the business of the nation to the American people.”

Last week, Acosta lost his press credentials after an unusually nasty fight with Trump during an East Wing press conference. As an aide wrestled with the Acosta for control of the microphone, Trump lambasted the reporter on live television.

“CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN,” the president said as Acosta stammered. “The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. The way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”

In a statement, CNN thanked Fox News for the support.

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CNN Sues Donald Trump White House Over Pulled Jim Acosta Credentials

CNN has sued the White House for pulling Jim Acosta’s press credentials the day after President Donald Trump’s thumping in the midterm elections.
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CNN has sued the White House for pulling Jim Acosta’s press credentials the day after President Donald Trump’s thumping in the midterm elections. The cable news network filed a lawsuit against Trump and top aides, including White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Deputy Chief of Staff Bill Shine, as well as the Secret Service which took away Acosta’s hard pass that afternoon. CNN filed its lawsuit against the Trump administration…

CNN Files Lawsuit Against Trump Administration Over Jim Acosta White House Ban

CNN officially filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration after the White House revoked press credentials for their political correspondent Jim Acosta last week.

“CNN filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration this morning in DC District Court. It demands the return of the White House credentials of CNN’s Chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta,” said the network in a statement Tuesday. “The wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta’s First Amendment fights of freedom of the press and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process.”

“If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers out elected officials,” it continued.

This morning, CNN filed a lawsuit against @realDonaldTrump and top aides. The White House has violated CNN and @Acosta‘s First Amendment rights of freedom of the press and Fifth Amendment rights to due process. Complaint: https://t.co/43oX6L8xA7 pic.twitter.com/RvJ0Cgh6oi

— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 13, 2018

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CNN has retained top talent to represent them in the suit including former GOP Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson.

“The Supreme Court has held in no uncertain terms that the First Amendment protects ‘robust political debate,’ including ‘speech that is critical of those who hold public office,’” said Olson in a statement. “Mr. Acosta’s press credentials must be restored so that all members of the press know they will remain free to ask tough questions, challenge government officials, and report the business of the nation to the American people.”

Reps for the White House did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

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The network publicly teased the idea of a suit on Monday, responding to inquiries from TheWrap and others on the matter by saying only that “no decision” had yet been made. On Sunday’s episode of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams said if CNN brought the suit, they would win.

“This is going to happen again,” said Abrams. “It’s likely to happen again. So whether it’s CNN suing or the next company suing, someone is going to have to bring a lawsuit. And whoever does is going to win unless there’s some sort of reason.”

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Last week, the White House revoked Acosta’s press credentials after an unusually nasty exchange between him and Trump over the migrant caravan.

“CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN,” the president said as Acosta stammered. “The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. The way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”

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CNN officially filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration after the White House revoked press credentials for their political correspondent Jim Acosta last week.

“CNN filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration this morning in DC District Court. It demands the return of the White House credentials of CNN’s Chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta,” said the network in a statement Tuesday. “The wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta’s First Amendment fights of freedom of the press and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process.”

“If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers out elected officials,” it continued.

CNN has retained top talent to represent them in the suit including former GOP Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson.

“The Supreme Court has held in no uncertain terms that the First Amendment protects ‘robust political debate,’ including ‘speech that is critical of those who hold public office,'” said Olson in a statement. “Mr. Acosta’s press credentials must be restored so that all members of the press know they will remain free to ask tough questions, challenge government officials, and report the business of the nation to the American people.”

Reps for the White House did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

The network publicly teased the idea of a suit on Monday, responding to inquiries from TheWrap and others on the matter by saying only that “no decision” had yet been made. On Sunday’s episode of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams said if CNN brought the suit, they would win.

“This is going to happen again,” said Abrams. “It’s likely to happen again. So whether it’s CNN suing or the next company suing, someone is going to have to bring a lawsuit. And whoever does is going to win unless there’s some sort of reason.”

Last week, the White House revoked Acosta’s press credentials after an unusually nasty exchange between him and Trump over the migrant caravan.

“CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN,” the president said as Acosta stammered. “The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. The way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”

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CNN Considers Suing White House to Restore Jim Acosta’s Press Pass

CNN is weighing whether to up the stakes in their war with President Trump, by potentially taking legal action against the White House after the president revoked press credentials for network correspondent Jim Acosta.

“No decisions have been made. We have reached out to the White House and gotten no response,” a spokesperson for network said regarding whether legal action could be brought.

The idea began percolating Sunday during an airing of the CNN media program “Reliable Sources,” when celebrated First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams said CNN should file suit against the White House.

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“This is going to happen again,” said Abrams. “It’s likely to happen again. So whether it’s CNN suing or the next company suing, someone is going to have to bring a lawsuit. And whoever does is going to win unless there’s some sort of reason.”

Show host Brian Stelter said in his newsletter Sunday evening that veteran reporter Sam Donaldson took him by surprise when he revealed that he had ben asked to prepare an affidavit in support of CNN for a hearing on Tuesday. It’s unclear who would have made the request of Donaldson, a spokesperson for the channel did not immediately respond to a request for more information.

The threat of legal action comes as CNN broadly considers how best to respond to the loss of press credentials for Acosta, a deeply polarizing figure even among his White House colleagues.

Last week, he had yet another acrimonious exchange with Trump during an East Room press conference. Acosta refused to backdown after Trump became increasingly irritated with his questions before finally exploding at him from the podium.

“CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN,” the president said Wednesday. “The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. The way you treat other people is horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”

Later that evening, Acosta was informed his access to the White House had been revoked. The White House suggested the proximate cause of the ban was Acosta’s rough behavior with a White House aide who attempted to wrestle the microphone from him during the exchange.

In a statement at the time, CNN insisted that no such rough behavior took place and that they stood behind their reporter.

Tonight the White House revoked @Acosta’s press pass. CNN’s response to @PressSec and @realDonaldTrump: pic.twitter.com/EY2iFLvP3P

— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 8, 2018

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CNN is weighing whether to up the stakes in their war with President Trump, by potentially taking legal action against the White House after the president revoked press credentials for network correspondent Jim Acosta.

“No decisions have been made. We have reached out to the White House and gotten no response,” a spokesperson for network said regarding whether legal action could be brought.

The idea began percolating Sunday during an airing of the CNN media program “Reliable Sources,” when celebrated First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams said CNN should file suit against the White House.

“This is going to happen again,” said Abrams. “It’s likely to happen again. So whether it’s CNN suing or the next company suing, someone is going to have to bring a lawsuit. And whoever does is going to win unless there’s some sort of reason.”

Show host Brian Stelter said in his newsletter Sunday evening that veteran reporter Sam Donaldson took him by surprise when he revealed that he had ben asked to prepare an affidavit in support of CNN for a hearing on Tuesday. It’s unclear who would have made the request of Donaldson, a spokesperson for the channel did not immediately respond to a request for more information.

The threat of legal action comes as CNN broadly considers how best to respond to the loss of press credentials for Acosta, a deeply polarizing figure even among his White House colleagues.

Last week, he had yet another acrimonious exchange with Trump during an East Room press conference. Acosta refused to backdown after Trump became increasingly irritated with his questions before finally exploding at him from the podium.

“CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN,” the president said Wednesday. “The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. The way you treat other people is horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”

Later that evening, Acosta was informed his access to the White House had been revoked. The White House suggested the proximate cause of the ban was Acosta’s rough behavior with a White House aide who attempted to wrestle the microphone from him during the exchange.

In a statement at the time, CNN insisted that no such rough behavior took place and that they stood behind their reporter.

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CNN’s Jim Acosta Denied Entrance to the White House, Press Access Revoked

CNN correspondent Jim Acosta was denied entry to the White House on Wednesday following a heated exchange with President Trump at a press conference.

“I’ve just been denied entrance to the WH,” Acosta wrote on Twitter. “Secret Service just informed me I cannot enter the WH grounds for my 8pm hit.”

In a statement issued in a series of tweets shortly after Acosta’s initial message, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained that Acosta’s “hard pass” credential had been revoked. Sanders called Acosta’s behavior at the press conference “unacceptable,” accusing him of “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.”

She was referring to Acosta trying to fend off a female White House aide who tried to take away his microphone at Wednesday’s post-midterms press conference.

“This is a lie,” Acosta wrote in response.

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In its own statement, CNN accused Sanders of making “fraudulent accusations” and called the White House’s move to revoke Acosta’s credentials “a threat to our democracy.”

Tonight the White House revoked @Acosta’s press pass. CNN’s response to @PressSec and @realDonaldTrump: pic.twitter.com/EY2iFLvP3P

— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 8, 2018

The conflict between Trump and Acosta arose when Acosta questioned Trump about the so-called migrant caravan at Wednesday’s press conference, challenging the president’s assertion that it is “an invasion” of the United States.

The president tried to cut off Acosta’s line of questioning, but Acosta continued to press him as a White House aide reached to take the microphone away. Trump then chided Acosta, calling him “a rude, terrible person.”

“CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them,” Trump said. “The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. The way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”

Watch video of the full exchange below. Acosta’s contact with aide occurs at the 1:30 mark.

President Trump to Jim @Acosta: “You should let me run the country. You run CNN.”

“That’s enough. Put down the mic. CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude terrible person.” pic.twitter.com/GR9TIbKUok

— CSPAN (@cspan) November 7, 2018

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Following the incident, CNN issued a statement in defense of Acosta.

“This president’s ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far. They are not only dangerous, they are disturbingly un-American,” the network said in a statement.

“While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it. A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere.”

I’ve just been denied entrance to the WH. Secret Service just informed me I cannot enter the WH grounds for my 8pm hit

— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 8, 2018

The US Secret Service just asked for my credential to enter the WH. As I told the officer, I don’t blame him. I know he’s just doing his job. (Sorry this video is not rightside up) pic.twitter.com/juQeuj3B9R

— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 8, 2018

President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern…

— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018

This conduct is absolutely unacceptable. It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter’s colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question. President Trump has given the press more access than any President in history.

– Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018

Contrary to CNN’s assertions there is no greater demonstration of the President’s support for a free press than the event he held today. Only they would attack the President for not supporting a free press in the midst of him taking 68 questions from 35 different reporters…

– Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018

…over the course of 1.5 hours including several from the reporter in question. The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it’s an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this Administration

– Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018

As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.

– Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018

This is a lie. https://t.co/FastFfWych

— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 8, 2018

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CNN correspondent Jim Acosta was denied entry to the White House on Wednesday following a heated exchange with President Trump at a press conference.

“I’ve just been denied entrance to the WH,” Acosta wrote on Twitter. “Secret Service just informed me I cannot enter the WH grounds for my 8pm hit.”

In a statement issued in a series of tweets shortly after Acosta’s initial message, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained that Acosta’s “hard pass” credential had been revoked. Sanders called Acosta’s behavior at the press conference “unacceptable,” accusing him of “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.”

She was referring to Acosta trying to fend off a female White House aide who tried to take away his microphone at Wednesday’s post-midterms press conference.

“This is a lie,” Acosta wrote in response.

In its own statement, CNN accused Sanders of making “fraudulent accusations” and called the White House’s move to revoke Acosta’s credentials “a threat to our democracy.”

The conflict between Trump and Acosta arose when Acosta questioned Trump about the so-called migrant caravan at Wednesday’s press conference, challenging the president’s assertion that it is “an invasion” of the United States.

The president tried to cut off Acosta’s line of questioning, but Acosta continued to press him as a White House aide reached to take the microphone away. Trump then chided Acosta, calling him “a rude, terrible person.”

“CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them,” Trump said. “The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. The way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”

Watch video of the full exchange below. Acosta’s contact with aide occurs at the 1:30 mark.

Following the incident, CNN issued a statement in defense of Acosta.

“This president’s ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far. They are not only dangerous, they are disturbingly un-American,” the network said in a statement.

“While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it. A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere.”

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Donald Trump would probably be delighted if Jim Acosta — the CNN correspondent he called “a terrible person” on Wednesday — stopped covering him. But media experts are split on whether the insult created such a conflict of interest that Acosta should move off the White House beat.

“CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them,” Trump said to Acosta during a briefing Wednesday. “The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. The way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”

The insult brought vigorous support of Acosta from CNN, but also calls from the right for Acosta to move on. Acosta has repeatedly criticized Trump officials, including spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and taken Trump to task for calling the news media, including CNN, the “enemy of the people.”

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“If Acosta’s job is to be an objective journalist, he’s terrible at it. If it’s to make headlines about Jim Acosta, he’s terrific at it,” Daily Wire founder and editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro told TheWrap. “Of course CNN should replace him — he has not elicited a productive answer from the White House in months, he’s lending credence to the chief criticisms of CNN, and he’s reveling in the attention he receives.”

In a statement, CNN said Acosta isn’t going anywhere.

“This president’s ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far. They are not only dangerous, they are disturbingly un-American,” the network said in a statement.
“While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it. A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere.”

Wednesday’s clash came as Acosta pressed Trump about the so-called migrant caravan, challenging the president’s assertion that it is “an invasion” of the United States.

Trump told Acosta: “I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better.”

Acosta tried to ask a follow-up question as a White House aide tried to take away the microphone. Trump chided Acosta: “That’s enough.”

The president then added: “You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN.”

When NBC’s Peter Alexander began a question by defending Acosta as a “diligent reporter,” Trump replied, “I’m not a big fan of yours, either.”

Playboy columnist Art Tavana said the clash between Trump and Acosta resulted from both Acosta’s “self-aggrandizing activism” and Trump’s “Hindenburg-sized ego,” which “won’t allow him a moment of humility to conduct himself in a presidential manner and quiet the ‘fake news’ twaddle.”

Tavana said the White House press corps would benefit from “more moderate conservatives and levelheaded liberals”  in its ranks.

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But Jeff Jarvis, director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, said Acosta was doing exactly what journalists should do.

“Of course, he can still do his job. In that clip he is doing his job,” Jarvis told TheWrap. “That’s called reporting. I wish we saw a hell of a lot more of it.”

New York University journalism professor Mitchell Stephens said Acosta “performed a service” and should be commended.

“In trying to do his job, which is to ask sometimes difficult questions of whomever is president, he has exposed the level of hostility, evasion and dissembling to which the current president can descend,” Stephens said.

President Trump arguing with CNN’s Jim Acosta on Wednesday at the White House (via Getty Images)

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In June, Acosta pressed the president several times on whether he’d stop calling the media “the enemy of the people.” Trump has blasted Acosta and CNN on multiple occasions as “fake news.”  Acosta called Trump “a dishonest, deceptive person” at a CNN panel discussion in New York last month. He has also called out Sarah Huckabee Sanders on multiple occasions, saying the White House press secretary doesn’t always “state the facts.” 

“I wouldn’t put productive and a Sarah Sanders briefing in the same sentence,” Acosta said at the CNN panel event last month.

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Donald Trump would probably be delighted if Jim Acosta — the CNN correspondent he called “a terrible person” on Wednesday — stopped covering him. But media experts are split on whether the insult created such a conflict of interest that Acosta should move off the White House beat.

“CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them,” Trump said to Acosta during a briefing Wednesday. “The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. The way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”

The insult brought vigorous support of Acosta from CNN, but also calls from the right for Acosta to move on. Acosta has repeatedly criticized Trump officials, including spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and taken Trump to task for calling the news media, including CNN, the “enemy of the people.”

“If Acosta’s job is to be an objective journalist, he’s terrible at it. If it’s to make headlines about Jim Acosta, he’s terrific at it,” Daily Wire founder and editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro told TheWrap. “Of course CNN should replace him — he has not elicited a productive answer from the White House in months, he’s lending credence to the chief criticisms of CNN, and he’s reveling in the attention he receives.”

In a statement, CNN said Acosta isn’t going anywhere.

“This president’s ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far. They are not only dangerous, they are disturbingly un-American,” the network said in a statement.
“While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it. A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere.”

Wednesday’s clash came as Acosta pressed Trump about the so-called migrant caravan, challenging the president’s assertion that it is “an invasion” of the United States.

Trump told Acosta: “I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better.”

Acosta tried to ask a follow-up question as a White House aide tried to take away the microphone. Trump chided Acosta: “That’s enough.”

The president then added: “You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN.”

When NBC’s Peter Alexander began a question by defending Acosta as a “diligent reporter,” Trump replied, “I’m not a big fan of yours, either.”

Playboy columnist Art Tavana said the clash between Trump and Acosta resulted from both Acosta’s “self-aggrandizing activism” and Trump’s “Hindenburg-sized ego,” which “won’t allow him a moment of humility to conduct himself in a presidential manner and quiet the ‘fake news’ twaddle.”

Tavana said the White House press corps would benefit from “more moderate conservatives and levelheaded liberals”  in its ranks.

But Jeff Jarvis, director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, said Acosta was doing exactly what journalists should do.

“Of course, he can still do his job. In that clip he is doing his job,” Jarvis told TheWrap. “That’s called reporting. I wish we saw a hell of a lot more of it.”

New York University journalism professor Mitchell Stephens said Acosta “performed a service” and should be commended.

“In trying to do his job, which is to ask sometimes difficult questions of whomever is president, he has exposed the level of hostility, evasion and dissembling to which the current president can descend,” Stephens said.

President Trump arguing with CNN’s Jim Acosta on Wednesday at the White House (via Getty Images)

In June, Acosta pressed the president several times on whether he’d stop calling the media “the enemy of the people.” Trump has blasted Acosta and CNN on multiple occasions as “fake news.”  Acosta called Trump “a dishonest, deceptive person” at a CNN panel discussion in New York last month. He has also called out Sarah Huckabee Sanders on multiple occasions, saying the White House press secretary doesn’t always “state the facts.” 

“I wouldn’t put productive and a Sarah Sanders briefing in the same sentence,” Acosta said at the CNN panel event last month.

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Trump Gives Oprah Shout-Out for Georgia Governor Race: ‘I Don’t Know If She Likes Me Anymore’

President Donald Trump held a press conference Wednesday to explain his view of what the 2018 midterms meant. In an often dry rundown of numbers and statistics, Trump took a moment to name-drop Oprah Winfrey and commend her for her tough campaigning on…

President Donald Trump held a press conference Wednesday to explain his view of what the 2018 midterms meant. In an often dry rundown of numbers and statistics, Trump took a moment to name-drop Oprah Winfrey and commend her for her tough campaigning on behalf of Georgia’s democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

“People … worked very very hard respectfully for those candidates, like Oprah Winfrey, who I like. I don’t know if she likes me anymore but that’s ok. She used to,” said Trump. “But she worked very hard in Georgia. Very very hard.”

“I do like Oprah I do,” he said later in response to question from reporter Brian Karem. “I have a lot of respect for her. Unfortunately she didn’t do the trick.”

Despite losing the House of Representatives to Democrats, Trump hailed the results of the elections Tuesday saying it was a historic night for his side — he focused mostly on the Senate, where Republicans did post impressive gains.

“Last night the Republican party defied history to expand our Senate majority while significantly beating expectations in the house,” he said. “We did this in spite of a very dramatic fundraising disadvantage, driven by Democrats wealthy donors and special interests and very hostile media coverage.”

Trump blamed House losses on an unusually large number of retirements, and weak candidates who declined to “embrace” him totally. He also noted the six Democratic senators who were defeated in President Obama’s first mid0-term race in 2010.

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