The Latest: Judge delays ruling over White House press pass

Published 11-15-2018

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the legal challenge to the White House's decision to strip CNN reporter Jim Acosta of his White House press credentials (all times local):

1:15 p.m.

A federal judge has delayed until Friday a ruling on whether the Trump administration has to return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly isn't offering any explanation for delaying a ruling that had been expected Thursday afternoon. He's set a court date for 10 a.m. Friday.

Kelly is a Trump appointee who heard arguments Wednesday from lawyers representing CNN and the Justice Department.

The news network is seeking an immediate restraining order that would force the White House to hand back Acosta's credentials, which grant reporters as-needed access to the 18-acre complex.

Acosta has clashed repeatedly with Trump and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in briefings over the last two years. The White House revoked the pass following a combative press conference last week, a day after Republicans lost control of the House in midterm elections.

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12:20 a.m.

The Justice Department is defending the White House's decision to strip CNN reporter Jim Acosta of his press pass. The department is arguing that Acosta is guilty of "inappropriate grandstanding."

The White House took the acti

Acosta has clashed repeatedly with Trump and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in briefings over the last two years. The White House revoked the pass following a combative press conference last week, a day after Republicans lost control of the House in midterm elections.

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12:20 a.m.

The Justice Department is defending the White House's decision to strip CNN reporter Jim Acosta of his press pass. The department is arguing that Acosta is guilty of "inappropriate grandstanding."

The White House took the action after a heated confrontation between Acosta and President Donald Trump during a news conference last week.

In a court hearing Wednesday, Justice Department lawyer James Burnham argued that Acosta deserved to lose his access over "his refusal to comply with the general standards of a press conference."

CNN is seeking a restraining order that would force the White House to return Acosta's press credentials. The network's lawyer, Theodore Boutrous, said Acosta is being singled out for his body of work, not his alleged rudeness.

12:20 a.m.

The Justice Department is defending the White House's decision to strip CNN reporter Jim Acosta of his press pass. The department is arguing that Acosta is guilty of "inappropriate grandstanding."

The White House took the action after a heated confrontation between Acosta and President Donald Trump during a news conference last week.

In a court hearing Wednesday, Justice Department lawyer James Burnham argued that Acosta deserved to lose his access over "his refusal to comply with the general standards of a press conference."

CNN is seeking a restraining order that would force the White House to return Acosta's press credentials. The network's lawyer, Theodore Boutrous, said Acosta is being singled out for his body of work, not his alleged rudeness.

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CNN's Jim Acosta walks into federal court in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, to attend a hearing on legal challenge against President Donald Trump's administration. Trump's administration contends it has "broad discretion" to regulate press access to the White House as it fends off a legal challenge from CNN and other outlets over the revocation of Acosta's "hard pass." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) - The Associated Press


FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2018, file photo, CNN journalist Jim Acosta does a standup before a new conference with President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington. CNN sued the Trump administration Tuesday, demanding that correspondent Jim Acosta's credentials to cover the White House be returned because it violates the constitutional right of freedom of the press. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) - The Associated Press


FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump watches as a White House aide reaches to take away a microphone from CNN journalist Jim Acosta during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. CNN is suing the Trump administration, demanding that Acosta's press credentials to cover the White House be returned. The administration revoked them last week following President Trump's contentious news conference, where Acosta refused to give up a microphone when the president said he didn't want to hear anything more from him. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) - The Associated Press