Trump Admin Claims Wide Authority in Keeping Reporters Out

The Trump administration is defending its right to control who covers it. President Trump’s lawyers in a legal filing on Wednesday said the president has “broad discretion” to control journalists’ access to the White House. If the president wants to exclude all journalists from the West Wing, he can, one Trump attorney argued as part of a lawsuit brought by CNN over the revoking of Jim Acosta’s press pass.

—QUOTABLE: “If the president wants to exclude all reporters from the White House grounds, he has the authority to do that…there’s no First Amendment right.” -Deputy Assistant Attorney General James Burnham