White House Backs Down In Fight With CNN’s Jim Acosta, Will Fully Restore Hard Pass

The White House recently sent a letter to Acosta telling him they would revoke his pass after the 14-day restraining order was up.

It looks like the Trump administration is giving up in its fight to block CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta from reporting from the White House.

Days after a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order to restore Acosta’s press credentials after the White House revoked his hard pass, numerous outlets reported that the administration wouldn’t press the issue any further and would fully restore Acosta’s credentials.

The White House also provided “new rules” for press conferences in its letter to Acosta announcing the full restoration:

This news comes hours after the White House sent Acosta a letter that gave him “formal written notice” that they had made a “preliminary decision” to suspend his credentials after the restraining order was up due to his contentious exchange with President Donald Trump at the post-midterm press conference earlier this month.

After the news broke, CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter read from the latest letter from the White House on air, noting that it meant the White House was “voluntarily granting access” back to Acosta. He also highlighted that the White House ended the letter by wishing Acosta a “Happy Thanksgiving.”

Following the White House’s decision to back down, CNN announced it saw no reason to pursue its lawsuit against the administration:

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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Justin Baragona is the founder and publisher of Contemptor. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.
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