White House defends suspending Acosta amid CNN lawsuit over credentials

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UPDATED 9:44 AM PT — Tues. Nov. 13, 2018

President Donald Trump looks on as a White House aide takes away a microphone from CNN journalist Jim Acosta during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The White House has responded to a lawsuit filed by CNN over the suspension of Jim Acosta’s credentials by claiming the outlet is just continuing to grandstand.

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders released a statement Tuesday, saying the White House will vigorously defend against the suit.

She claimed CNN has 50 people who have a hard pass just as Acosta did, and he is no more or less special than anyone else.

Sanders said Acosta physically refused to surrender a White House microphone, and called his actions inappropriate.

She added, the White House cannot run an orderly and fair press conference if reporters act in that manner.

This comes after CNN filed a suit Tuesday, asking a court to require the White House to return Acosta’s hard pass.

Read the press secretary’s full statement here.