CNN v. Trump

November 13, 2018

The Reporters Committee filed an amicus brief in support of CNN and Jim Acosta's lawsuit against the White House concerning the revocation of Acosta's White House press credentials. The brief argues that the revocation of Acosta's credentials tramples on the Constitution— in particular the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of speech and of the press — and could have a chilling effect on other journalists. The brief argues that retaliating against Acosta and CNN for constitutionally protected newsgathering and questioning of government officials violates key First Amendment rights. The brief concludes by asking the court to grant, as quickly as possible, the restoration of Acosta's White House press credentials. The Reporters Committee was represented on the brief by the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown University Law Center.