Acosta has had tense exchanges with President Donald Trump and Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. But the dynamic devolved into a near-shouting match during a combative press conference last week following elections in which Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives.
The White House announced that Acosta’s White House pass would be revoked. The CNN lawsuit calls the revocation “an unabashed attempt to censor the press.”
Other organizations, including The Associated Press and Fox News, have filed amicus briefs in support of CNN.
President Donald 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 journalist Jim Acosta’s “hard pass.”
In a legal filing ahead of a Wednesday hearing on CNN’s request for a temporary restraining order to restore Acosta’s access, the government argues it “was lawful” to punish Acosta for his behavior during a contentious Trump press conference last week.
It rejects the idea that Acosta was “otherwise eligible” for White House access.