Acosta's White House Press Corps credentials were lifted in November 2018 after Acosta assaulted a female White House staffer during a contentious exchange with President Trump in a Presidential press conference. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of the Acosta incident in a press release:
|“||President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern. This conduct is absolutely unacceptable. It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter's colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question. President Trump has given the press more access than any President in history. Contrary to CNN's assertions, there is no greater demonstration of the President's support for a free press than the event he held today. Only they would attack the President for not being supportive of a free press in the midst of him taking 68 questions from 35 different reporters over the course of an hour and a half -- including several from the reporter in question. The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it is an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this Administration. As a result of today's incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.||”|
CNN, The Washington Post, and hundreds of other fake news outlets claimed Acosta never touched the woman and video evidence was "doctored", even though the video clearly proves their claims wrong. In retaliation for Acosta's ban from the White House, CNN subsequently filed a lawsuit against President Trump, several White House aides and the Secret Service to force the reinstatement of Acosta's White House access, a move which Sanders called "grandstanding" in a press release.
Acosts's aggressive style was in the mold of past White House journalists such as Sam Donaldson and David Gregory, however Acosta took rudeness toward fellow journalists, White House staffers and guests, and toward the President to a new level.
- Full Doc: CNN's Lawsuit to Restore Jim Acosta's White House Credentials at Breitbart News Network