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Judge Orders White House To Return Jim Acosta's Press Pass

November 16, 2018 - 10:34 am

WASHINGTON (WCBS 880/AP) -- A federal judge in Washington is ordering the Trump administration to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

"I want to thank all of my colleagues in the press who supported us this week and I want to thank the judge for the decision he made today and let's go back to work," Acosta said after U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly announced his decision Friday morning.

CNN had asked that Acosta's credentials be returned while a lawsuit over their revocation goes forward.

The network's chief White House correspondent has clashed repeatedly with Trump and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in briefings over the last two years. But the White House pulled his credentials last week following a combative press conference in which he clashed with Trump.

The Associated Press joined with a group of 12 other news organizations, including Fox News, in filing an amicus brief Wednesday in support of CNN. Famed newsman and former White House correspondent for ABC News, Sam Donaldson, also signed a declaration supporting Acosta and CNN, calling the actions by the president and his administration "unprecedented."

The judge is a Trump appointee.

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report)