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Judge rules in favour of CNN's request for emergency order restoring White House credentials for Jim Acosta

Trump and CNN's Jim Acosta get into a verbal spat during a White House press conference. Photograph:( ANI )

AFP Washington, DC, USA Nov 16, 2018, 09.20 PM (IST)

In a major blow to US President, a federal judge on Friday ordered the White House to reinstate the press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, whose pass was revoked after a heated exchange with Trump, the network said.

Judge Timothy Kelly issued a temporary restraining order that requires the White House to restore Acosta's access until a full hearing is held, according to the network.

CNN and other media groups, including Trump-endorsed Fox News, backed the lawsuit which claimed the revoking of Acosta's pass violated constitutional guarantees of a free press.

White House had barred CNN reporter, Jim Acosta, after a heated exchange at a news conference when a visibly angry US President Donald Trump called the former "enemy of the people" and a "terrible person" after being asked why he "demonized immigrants."
 
The news conference, which stretched close to 90 minutes, quickly turned raucous when some reporters pushed him on whether his campaign rhetoric on migrants from central America was divisive - and on developments in a federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and any coordination between Moscow and the Trump campaign, reported news agency Reuters.

After which, CNN sued US President Donald Trump and top White House aides over the revocation of CNN reporter Jim Acosta's White House press pass. 

According to a Reuters report, in its lawsuit filed on Tuesday in US District Court in Washington, the cable news network said the White House violated the First Amendment right to free speech as well as the due process clause of the Constitution providing fair treatment through judicial process.

The network asked for a temporary restraining order.

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Judge Timothy Kelly issued a temporary restraining order that requires the White House to restore Acosta's access until a full hearing is held, according to the network.