The battle over the revocation of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s “hard pass,” which permitted Acosta regular access to White House press briefings, has been resolved practically, but not legally. A federal district judge issued an order temporarily restoring Acosta’s pass during his lawsuit against Donald Trump and other members of the Trump Administration. The White House then essentially settled the case by promulgating new rules of decorum, requiring journalists to ask only one question. For now, the Acosta case appears resolved. The legal issues, however, remain significant, interesting, and relevant. Below is some preliminary analysis of Acosta’s lawsuit and the White House’s authority to issue and revoke hard passes and control its press briefings.
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