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White House Doubles Down on Bid to Strip Acosta’s Hard Pass
The Trump Administration has renewed its efforts to suspend the hard pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta on Nov. 16th, shortly after receiving a court order to restore the credentials. Bill Shine and Sarah Sanders, top White House Communication Officials, wrote that Acosta violated a set of the press’s unwritten decorum. According to the White House, there is a “widely shared understanding” that each reporter called upon during a press conference may ask one question, and if permitted, a follow up question. Afterwards, the reporter is to yield the floor and surrender the microphone. In the letter, Shine and Sanders wrote “On November 7th, 2018, you failed to abide by these basic, widely understood practices.” “No other reporter at the press conference made physical contact with our intern in that fashion or refused to yield the floor as you did.” The White House letter addressed issues rega rding to Acosta’s constitutional right to due process, which U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly cited in ordering the White House to restore the credentials. A Kelly said during a hearing that the White House’s “belated efforts were hardly sufficient to satisfy due process.” Acosta will retain his temporary hard pass while the temporary court order is in effect. Due process issues having been addressed, the letter from Shine and San ders may narrow the scope of the lawsuit to CNN’s assertion that the White House is violating Acosta’s right to free speech. Both President Trump and Sanders said that the White House is working on a set of press conference rules. The White House is expected to make a final determination about Acosta’s hard pass at 3 p.m. on Nov. 19th.