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CNN May Sue White House Over Jim Acosta’s Suspended Press Pass

Liberal cable network CNN may be getting ready to sue the White House over the Trump administration’s decision to yank chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass after a combative press conference.

In fact, former ABC News reporter Sam Donaldson said CNN has already filed suit.

“I hope I’m not mistaken, but it’s my understanding that CNN and Acosta have sued, that there will be a court hearing on Tuesday on this very matter that we’ve been discussing,” Donaldson said Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”

But CNN’s Brian Stelter said “no lawsuit has been filed.”

Acosta’s press pass was revoked on Wednesday after a press conference held by President Trump. The White House rebuked Acosta for “placing his hands on a young woman” after he refused to give up the microphone, pushing a White House intern’s hand away as she tried to take back the microphone.

“As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice,” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders wrote on Twitter, adding a video when she said, “We stand by our decision.”

Floyd Abrams, a First Amendment legal expert, told CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday that he thinks CNN should sue, and that “it’s a really strong lawsuit.”

“I can understand CNN being reluctant to sue because the President keeps saying CNN is the enemy of me, and CNN might have reluctance to have a lawsuit titled ‘CNN vs. Donald Trump,’” Abrams said. “That said, yes, I think they should sue.”