David Taintor

David Taintor is a news editor at Talking Points Memo. Previously, he worked at NBC News and Adweek. He's a native of Minnesota. Reach him at taintor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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The White House on Tuesday pushed back against a lawsuit filed by CNN over Jim Acosta’s press credentials being revoked.

“We have been advised that CNN has filed a complaint challenging the suspension of Jim Acosta’s hard pass. This is just more grandstanding from CNN, and we will vigorously defend against this lawsuit,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

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CNN filed suit against the Trump administration on Tuesday over the White House’s revocation of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials.

“We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process,” CNN said in a statement. “While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone. If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials.”

At a post-midterms press conference last week at the White House, Trump berated Acosta for asking questions. “You are a very rude person,” Trump told Acosta. Later, the White House released what appeared to be a doctored video claiming to show Acosta getting physical with a White House press intern who attempted to take the microphone away from Acosta during his questioning.

The White House Correspondents’ Association said it supports CNN’s legal effort against the Trump administration.

“The President of the United States should not be in the business of arbitrarily picking the men and women who cover him,” the group’s president, Olivier Knox, said in a statement.

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President Trump on Friday claimed he doesn’t know the man he tapped as acting attorney general, continued to berate reporters, and complimented former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s “taste.”

And that’s not all. Here are the most noteworthy comments Trump made to White House reporters before departing for Paris for an event commemorating World War I.

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