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White House Says Journalists Don't Have ‘First Amendment Right' to Enter Building in Legal Response to CNN Lawsuit

Posted On: Nov 14, 2018   |   Posted By: Time

The Trump Administration defended its decision to revoke the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, arguing reporters don't have a Constitutional right to access the White House.
President Donald Trump's Justice Department filed a response Wednesday to CNN's lawsuit hours ahead of a hearing in federal court in Washington, where the network sued Trump and top aides over the decision to pull Acosta's White House credentials after he clashed with the president at a Nov. 7 news conference.
“No journalist has a First Amendment right to enter the White House,” Justice Department lawyers argued in a 28-page filing, adding the president has broad discretion to decide who gets press passes.
“The president is generally free to open the White House doors to political allies, in the hopes of furthering a particular agenda, and he is equally free to invite in only political foes, in the hopes of convincing them of his position,” the lawyers said in the filing. “The First Amendment simply does not...

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