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White House restores Jim Acosta's hard pass

A split image with Jim Acosta on the right looking happy and Donald Trump on the right looking unhappy
Jim Acosta (left) and Donald Trump (right) Photo: Mandel Ngan, Jim Lo Scalzo/AFP, pool via Getty Images

The White House has sent a letter to CNN's Jim Acosta informing him that his hard pass has been restored, CNN reports.

Why it matters: The press office still claims they have a right to revoke Acosta's press credentials in the future if he violates new rules laid out in the letter. Press access to the White House is grounded very much in tradition rather than in plain-letter law. A future court fight could potentially result in a precedent that curtails freedom to cover the most powerful official in the world from the literal front row.

CNN seeks emergency hearing over White House's Acosta threat

Jim Acosta and Trump at press briefing
President Trump and CNN reporter Jim Acosta in a heated exchange at a press conference on Nov. 7. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

CNN requested an emergency hearing in federal court on Monday after the White House sent its chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta a letter last week — signed by Sarah Sanders and Bill Shine — informing him that the administration intends to once again suspend his press pass at the end of the month.

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