“No way, no how and not now is the unsurprising summation of Donald Trump and the White House’s response to CNN’s lawsuit filed yesterday to have Jim Acosta’s press credentials restored,” reports Deadline.com.
You can read the full White House court filing here.
Notes Deadline, the filing opposing CNN’s request for a temporary restraining order says CNN and Acosta “fail to reckon with the extraordinarily intrusive nature of the judicial relief they seek—a decree ordering the President to grant access to facilities in his official residence and personal offices to a specific journalist he has decided to exclude….[A]t this preliminary stage, that hardship is far more significant than any hardship on Plaintiff.”
The filing also states, “No journalist has a First Amendment right to enter the White House and the president need not survive First Amendment scrutiny whenever he exercises his discretion to deny an individual journalist one of the many hundreds of passes granting on-demand access to the White House complex.”
The case is before District Judge Timothy J. Kelly, a Trump appointee, and he has said he will deliver a decision on the temporary restraining order today, Thursday, Oct. 15 at 3 pm. ET.