CNN indicated it is calling off its lawsuit against the Trump White House over the revocation of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass. The cable news channel sent out a tweet this afternoon announcing that the White House had “fully restored” the pass, noting that the move makes the lawsuit unnecessary.
Under a headline stating “White House backs down from legal fight,” CNN reported this afternoon that it had received a letter from White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Bill Shine indicating the pass has been restored, with no mention of an expiration date. That was in contrast to a previous threat that the pass might be revoked at the end of this month.
The letter also contains what CNN calls “the general threat to take action against any reporter who flouts new ‘rules.'”
The letter, quoted by CNN, states: “Having received a formal reply from your counsel to our letter of November 16, we have made a final determination in this process: your hard pass is restored. Should you refuse to follow these rules in the future, we will take action in accordance with the rules set forth above. The President is aware of this decision and concurs.”
Today’s maneuvering followed a court ruling on the press pass late last week that went in favor of CNN.
“We look forward to continuing to cover the White House,” CNN said in its tweet announcing today’s White House action, which you can see below …