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.
A federal judge on Tuesday reversed the White House’s decision to suspend a reporter’s press credentials, granting a motion that will restore him to his beat. The ruling was a victory for Brian Karem, a White House correspondent for Playboy magazine and a CNN political analyst, who had been suspended by officials for 30 days in mid-August because of his role in a verbal confrontation with a former White House aide at a White House event on July 11.
Following an altercation with former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka in the White House Rose Garden in July, the Trump administration revoked the credentials of Playboy’s correspondent Brian Karem for thirty days.