Today a federal court ruled against President Trump in a lawsuit that claims he has used government power to retaliate against media coverage and reporters he dislikes in violation of the First Amendment. Specifically, the court denied a government motion to dismiss the case and will allow it to go forward on allegations that President Trump has retaliated against the White House press corps and certain holders of security clearances who work as media commentators based on their First Amendment-protected speech.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit was considering a First Amendment lawsuit from journalist Brian Karem, a White House correspondent for Playboy magazine and CNN contributor. Karem sued the president and White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham after his credential was pulled for 30 days following a verbal confrontation in the Rose Garden last summer.
Karem’s lawyer Theodore Boutrous Jr. told the court Monday that “ensuring that the press can vigorously cover this president and the White House is more important than ever” as the nation now confronts the deadly coronavirus.
full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit denied the Trump
administration’s request to revisit an earlier holding that Trump
violated the First Amendment when he blocked individual Twitter users
who were critical of the president or his polices.
“Excluding people from an otherwise public forum such as this by blocking those who express views critical of a public official is, we concluded, unconstitutional,” wrote Judge Barrington D. Parker.
The training week was part of an ongoing campaign at the department to bolster its work to protect religious freedom, which is regularly described by top leaders as the first right protected by the First Amendment, a department official said in response to a request for comment. . . . But career lawyers said that they feared the department was working to further the use of religious freedom in ways that would push back efforts to protect gay and transgender people from discrimination, according to emails and messages reviewed by The New York Times.
The Trump campaign announced Friday that it sued CNN for libel over an opinion article, saying it wants the network to be held “accountable for intentionally publishing false statements against” it.
The big picture: It’s the latest of a series of libel suits by the campaign aimed at media outlets’ opinion articles on issues linked to Russia. Over the last few weeks, the campaign has also sued the New York Times and the Washington Post, alleging similar motives.