Acosta's aggressive style was in the mold of past White House journalists such as Sam Donaldson and David Gregory, however Acosta took rudeness and inappropriate conduct toward fellow journalists, White House staffers and guests, and toward the President to a new level. Acosta was fired as CNN's White House reporter in January 2020 and replaced with MS-13 apologist John Harwood.
Scuffle with female intern
Acosta's White House Press Corps credentials were suspended in November 2018 after Acosta inappropriately touched a female White House staffer during a contentious exchange with President Trump in a Presidential press conference.
Grounds for suspension
Whitee 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 dem Ionstration 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 and Acosta issue denials
In an interview later, Acosta lied, claiming that he had never touched the young woman. The Federalist reported, "To state otherwise is fake news.... he used force to physically overpower her so he could continue talking after the president had called on another reporter." Democrat conspiracy theorists claim Acosta was set-up.
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.
In subsequent questioning regarding the incident in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on November 13, 2018, Acosta committed perjury by claiming he "politely" questioned Trump and continuing his false claim that he "never touched" the White House intern, despite video evidence proving otherwise. After Acosta perjured himself, however, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, despite being a Trump appointee, ordered Acosta's credentials to be restored on Fifth Amendment grounds of due process, and claimed Sanders' accusation of assault as "likely untrue" and "partly based on evidence of questionable accuracy."
White House formulates code of conduct
This, however, led to the White House setting new rules of conduct for reporters during press conferences in response, with Acosta risking losing his press pass if he chooses to act up again as he previously did.
- Full Doc: CNN's Lawsuit to Restore Jim Acosta's White House Credentials at Breitbart News Network
- White House: "Jim Acosta Lawsuit 'Just More Grandstanding from CNN'" at Breitbart News Network
- Jim Acosta Perjures Himself in Federal Court at the Gateway Pundit
- Judge Orders White House to Immediately Restore CNN Reporter Jim Acosta's Hard Pass at Breitbart News Network
- Trump announces solution to Acosta problem and now the media are stuck at American Thinker
- White House Fully Restores Jim Acosta’s Hard Press Pass at the Gateway Pundit