President Trump Addresses Jim Acosta Ruling: 'People Have to Behave'

Media groups including Fox News joined CNN's legal battle Wednesday to restore Acosta's White House pass as the

A U.S. federal judge on Friday sided with CNN and ordered the White House to restore reporter Jim Acosta's press badge that had been revoked after a testy exchange between him and President Donald Trump at a news conference a week ago.

The judge, Trump appointee Timothy J. Kelly, granted CNN's request for a temporary restraining order to restore Acosta's access.

Kelly criticized the US government's action, commenting that CNN is likely to prevail in demonstrating the reporter was denied due process in the credential revocation process.

CNN has argued that the ban on Acosta violated his First Amendment rights because it amounts to "viewpoint discrimination" - that is, the president is punishing him for statements and coverage he didn't like.

"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's official complaint read.

The White House revoked Acosta's credentials last week in an escalation of the Republican President's attacks on the news media, which he had dubbed the "enemy of the people".

But the judge will rule on all of that later.

In brief remarks, Acosta voiced his pleasure with the ruling and ended with the call to his fellow reporters to "get back to work".

After the incident, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders tweeted a video appearing to show Acosta react aggressively to the intern, that critics allege was doctored.

Resolving that issue involves a First Amendment ruling, which was not rendered by Kelly.

In court, Justice Department lawyer James Burnham claimed the White House had the legal right to boot a reporter at any time. At issue was whether U.S. Constitutional guarantees of freedom of the press and due process overcome the president's ability to decide who has access to the White House.

The judge repeatedly emphasized that his decision was based on the Fifth Amendment and that Acosta was denied his right to due process.

"Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized", Wallace said in the statement.

A White House staff member tries to take the mic from CNN's Jim Acosta as he questions Donald Trump.

He said the White House position on that conduct was clear and not discriminatory.

In particular, he has been enraged at the media for not giving him more positive coverage after winning the 2016 presidential election.

The president's press secretary Sarah Sanders accused the reporter of "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern".

The White House later shifted its story to claim that Acosta was rude to reporters.

Acosta had pressed Trump about his lies about Central American immigrants, prompting the president to become angry and to try to move on to another reporter.

"If I think somebody is acting out of sorts I will leave, I will say 'Thank you very much everybody, I appreciate you coming, ' and I'll leave", Trump said.

The entire interview will air Sunday on "Fox News Sunday" at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET.

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