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Return Jim Acosta’s press pass, judge orders White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Washington is ordering the Trump administration to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta.
U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly — a Trump appointee — 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. The White House pulled his credentials last week following a combative press conference in which he clashed with Trump.
Sanders initially said the revocation was because Acosta “placed his hands” on an aide who was attempting to take a microphone away from him. But video of the incident did not support that characterization of the incident, and  the White House changed its story:  It said that Acosta was being banned because he had failed to follow the rules of the press conference.
Trump has made his dislike of CNN clear since before he took office and continuing into his presidency. He’s described the network as “fake news” both on Twitter and in public comments.

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