Donald Trump has been constantly attacking CNN since he announced his presidency, calling the news outlet “fake news” for reporting the facts about his presidency.
The network has finally had enough of the president’s constant attacks that they decided to sue the Trump administration on Tuesday after the White House orchestrated a false accusation to rip the press credentials of chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta.
In the lawsuit, CNN accuses Trump of violating Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights of free speech and due process, respectively, and asks a federal court in Washington to grant the “immediate restoration of Acosta’s press credentials.”
“While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone,” the cable network said in a statement. “If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement following the lawsuit, claiming that it’s “just more grandstanding from CNN” and pledged the administration “will vigorously defend against this lawsuit.”
“CNN, who has nearly 50 additional hard pass holders, and Mr. Acosta is no more or less special than any other media outlet or reporter with respect to the First Amendment,” Sanders said in a statement.
Some legal experts say CNN has grounds to sue over First Amendment concerns.
“I think it’s a really strong lawsuit,” Floyd Abrams, a well-known constitutional lawyer, said Sunday on CNN.
“This is going to happen again,” he said. “It’s likely to happen again,” Abrams continued. “So whether it’s CNN suing or the next company suing, someone is going to have to bring a lawsuit. And whoever does is going to win unless there’s some sort of reason.”