Reporter Jim Acosta's press credential has been fully restored by the White House and in turn, CNN has now dropped its lawsuit.
Officials informed the network about its decision to give Acosta back his press pass as long as long as he abides by a series of new rules at presidential news conferences. The rules apparently include asking just one question at a time.
“Today the White House fully restored Jim Acosta’s press pass. As a result, our lawsuit is no longer necessary. We look forward to continuing to cover the White House,” CNN said in a statement.
White House officials had suspended Acosta’s White House press pass on Nov. 7 following a clash between Acosta and President Donald Trump.
Last week press secretary Sarah Sanders and deputy chief of staff Bill Shine told CNN that they would suspend his press pass again once a 14-day temporary restraining order against such an action expired. CNN went back to court to block the move an White House has relented and handed Acosta back his credentials.
Sanders and Shine said they had made a “final determination” that Acosta’s pass would be restored permanently as long as he followed new rules guiding reporters’ conduct at White House news conferences.
In a letter to Acosta, they wrote, “Should you refuse to follow these rules in the future, we will take action” to revoke his credentials once again.
Some of the rules are:
- Reporters must ask only one question of the president at news conferences
- They can follow up with another if the president consents
- A reporter must then “yield the floor,” including giving up a microphone
It will be interesting to see whether or reporters will be expected to adhere to the new set of rules.