White House press secretary Sarah Sanders blasted CNN’s lawsuit against President Trump and other officials in a blistering statement on Wednesday.
CNN claims the White House’s decision to revoke Jim Acosta’s “hard pass” is a violation of his and CNN’s constitutional rights.
Sanders clearly doesn't feel the same way.
"We have been advised that CNN has filed a complaint challenging the suspension of Jim Acosta's hard pass. This is just more grandstanding from CNN, and we will vigorously defend against the lawsuit,” Sanders said in the statement.
“CNN, who has nearly 50 additional hard pass holders, and Mr. Acosta is no more or less special than any other media outlet or reporter with respect to the First Amendment,” she added. “After Mr. Acosta asked the President two questions—each of which the President answered—he physically refused to surrender a White House microphone to an intern, so that other reporters might ask their questions.”
Sanders went on to point out that this was not Acosta’s first offense.
“This was not the first time this reporter has inappropriately refused to yield to other reporters,” Sanders concluded.
CNN’s lawsuit will be reviewed by a judge who was appointed by President Trump.
"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,” CNN said in a statement of its own. “We have asked the court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass to be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process."
Watch the original exchange that resulted in Acosta's pass getting revoked:
Did President Trump make the right decision?