A federal judge ruled Friday that the Trump administration must restore the press credentials the White House had pulled from CNN correspondent Jim Acosta following a Nov. 7 clash between Acosta and Donald Trump at a press conference.
“In a victory for the cable network and for press access generally, Judge Timothy J. Kelly granted CNN’s motion for a temporary restraining order that will prevent the administration from keeping Acosta off White House grounds,” The Washington Post reports.
Acosta, CNN’s chief White House correspondent, was the first reporter with a so-called “hard pass” to be banned by the White House, the report notes. CNN followed up on the White House action on Tuesday by suing Trump and other White House officials.
“Kelly’s ruling was the first legal skirmish in that lawsuit,” The Post reports. “It has the immediate effect of sending Acosta back to the White House, pending further arguments and a possible trial. The litigation is in its early stages, and a trial could be months in the future.”
CNN said Acosta would resume his post at the White House this afternoon.
The report notes that Kelly was appointed to the federal bench last year by Trump.