A federal judge on Friday ordered that Acosta's credentials be restored, after he granted CNN's request for a 14-day temporary restraining order, ruling that the administration failed to give their chief White House correspondent his due process by revoking his hard pass after a contentious November 7 press conference. "Jim Acosta and CNN will continue to report the news about the White House and the President", CNN said, according to the network's Brian Stelter.
The presiding judge said, in his ruling, that the decision by the White House "likely violated the journalist's right to due process and freedom of speech".
Last week, Fox News announced that it would support CNN's effort to restore Acosta's White House credential and filed an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court.
The letter cites "behavior" at a press conference the day after the midterms that "violated the basic standards governing such events" as the reason to suspend Acosta's pass.
CNN wins court order against the Trump administration after the White House revoked the CNN reporter's credentials.
Notably, Kelly, referring to his ruling as "very limited" in nature, left the door open for the White House to revoke Acosta's credentials, granted due process is respected.
The initial revocation of Acosta's press pass came after a contentious sparring match at a press conference, during which the CNN correspondent ignored President Donald Trump repeated calls for him to sit down and allow another reporter to ask a question.
But Trump appears eager to advance an argument about White House press corps "decorum". "We look forward to continuing to defend the White House's lawful actions". The letter called it a "preliminary decision" and said the White House would consider any response that CNN or Acosta would like to submit. Judge Timothy J. Kelly ruled on Fifth Amendment grounds, saying Acosta's right to due process had been violated.
On Friday, Trump said that "rules and regulations" were being drafted to govern news conferences, where the president or his representatives often accuse journalists - Acosta in particular - of being overly hostile.
"We're writing them now. And if he [Acosta] misbehaves, we'll throw him out, or we'll stop the news conference". "You have - we had a lot of reporters in that room, many, many reporters in that room, and they were unable to ask questions because this guy gets up and starts doing what he's supposed to be doing for him and for CNN and, you know, just shouting out questions".