Ruling in CNN case expected Friday

Ruling in CNN case expected Friday

The White House revoked the press credentials of Jim Acosta, CNN's White House correspondent, after a heated exchange with President Donald Trump at a Nov. 7 news conference. In response, the network sued the Trump administration. (Gage Skidmore/ Wikimedia Commons)

WASHINGTON — A federal ruling on whether or not the White House will have to return the credentials taken from CNN correspondent Jim Acosta has been postponed until Friday morning, according to various media reports.

The decision was initially expected to come Thursday afternoon.

The lawsuit, filed by CNN in the U.S. District Court for D.C., alleges that President Donald Trump and senior administration officials violated Acosta’s rights to free speech and due process when his press pass was revoked following a dramatic clash between the reporter and the president on Nov. 7.

The administration has argued that access to the White House is not covered by the First Amendment, therefore granting the president the right to pick and choose who can come on the grounds.

The suit has prompted multiple media outlets to file amicus briefs, including Fox News, CBS and NBC.

On Thursday, the White House Correspondents’ Association filed an amicus brief as well.

“At yesterday’s hearing on CNN’s motion, the Department of Justice argued that the President has unbridled authority to pick and choose for any reason those journalists who might cover him,” WHCA President Olivier Knox said in a statement. “The WHCA brief highlights the danger posed to all journalists, and to the American public, if the President’s claim is permitted to stand.”

At least one media network, however, has opted not to offer its support to Acosta.

The CEO of the conservative One America News Network said the network will file an amicus brief siding with the president.

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