Brian Karem, Playboy magazine White House correspondent, sued President Donald Trump and Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham Tuesday for suspending his hard pass after he got into an altercation with Seb Gorka in the Rose Garden.
According to CNN, Karem maintains that he is being stripped of his right to “due process” after his pass was yanked for 30 days.
Grisham stood firm in a statement issued after the court filing.
“The purpose of a hard pass is to provide access to the White House so members of the press can report and ask questions of officials who are taking questions,” she said. “Mr. Karem did not use the access granted to him for journalistic purposes. In fact, the President had left the event. Instead, he used his press pass to insult invited guests and make comments that threatened to escalate into a physical confrontation to the point that the Secret Service intervened.”
Gorka responded poorly to a joke Karem made at a July 11 event and the conversation escalated, with Gorka calling Karem a “punk.”