Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano said Tuesday that CNN likely has a “very good case” against the White House after the Trump administration revoked reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass, according to The Hill.
> Speaking with host Stuart Varney on the Fox Business Network, Napolitano said CNN's legal team would prevail against the Trump administration "quickly."
> “The only grounds for revoking the pass are, 'Is the person a danger to the physical security of the president or his family?' And obviously, Acosta may have been an irritant to the president but he was hardly a danger to him," Napolitano said.
> “So, I think CNN has got a very good case,” he added. “I think this will be resolved quickly. I don’t expect a jury trial. I think it will either be settled or CNN will prevail on the motion.”
Earlier on Tuesday CNN had announced it was filing a lawsuit to demand that Acosta’s press pass be returned.
Representatives for the network said in a statement that while the lawsuit is regarding CNN and Acosta, “this could have happened to anyone.” They added: "If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials."
> Acosta's press credentials were yanked last week after the White House asserted that Acosta physically prevented an intern from taking away a microphone he was holding during a news conference.
> White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later shared a video of the interaction that appeared to have been sped up to make it look like Acosta struck the aide. The incident occurred after Trump called Acosta a “rude, horrible” person.