Judge Timothy J. Kelly granted the network’s request for a temporary restraining order on Friday.
A District Court judge granted a motion made by CNN and White House reporter Jim Acosta on Friday, temporarily returning the reporter’s suspended press pass while the case proceeds.
The network filed suit against the Trump administration on Tuesday and motioned for a temporary restraining order that would “preserve the status quo” and return Acosta’s pass, which had been revoked from him last Wednesday by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
“We are gratified with this result and we look forward to a full resolution in the coming days,” CNN said in a statement after the ruling. “Our sincere thanks to all who have supported not just CNN, but a free, strong and independent American press.”
The judge, Trump appointee Timothy J. Kelly, said that Acosta was not afforded due process when his pass was revoked, a process he described as “shrouded in mystery.”
He also agreed that Acosta has suffered “irreparable harm” by being deprived of his pass, which allows him to do his job as the network’s chief White House correspondent.
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