November 13th, 2018

CNN Files Suit Against the Trump Administration

CNN filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration this morning in DC District Court. It demands the return of the White House credentials of CNN’s Chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta. The wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta’s First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process. We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process. While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone. If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials.

 

The full complaint is available here.

 

Supporting documents:

Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Plaintiffs’ Motions for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction

Declaration of Jim Acosta in Support of Plaintiffs’ Motions for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction

Declaration of Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr. in Support of Plaintiffs’ Motions for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction

Declaration of Sam Donaldson in Support of Plaintiffs’ Motions for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction

Declaration of Sam Feist in Support of Plaintiffs’ Motions for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction

Declaration of Todd Gillman in Support of Plaintiffs’ Motions for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction 

Brief of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press as Amicus Curiae Supporting Plaintiffs’ Motions for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction

Brief of the White House Correspondents’ Association as Amicus Curiae Supporting Plaintiffs’ Motions for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction