Fox News announces the network's support of CNN's lawsuit against President Donald Trump and the White House. "We intend to file an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court", Fox News President Jay Wallace said in a statement.
"If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a risky chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials", CNN said. "While we don't condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the President and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access and open exchanges for the American people", Mr. Wallace said.
"Without this credential, a daily White House correspondent like Acosta effectively can not do his job", CNN's lawsuit said.
Hours later, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced Acosta's hard pass had been suspended, a rare if not unprecedented move that she justified by claiming the reporter was inappropriately "placing his hands" on the intern.More news: Arrests made in two looting incidents as Woolsey Fire continues to burn
The White House dismissed CNN's complaint as "grandstanding" and vowed to "vigorously defend" against the lawsuit.
The dispute on live national television and Acosta's resulting banishment triggered a wave of accusations that Trump is stifling the free press, and marked a sharp escalation in tensions between the president and CNN.
On Tuesday, CNN filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Washington, DC, seeking to have Acosta's so-called "hard pass" restored after he was banned for tussling with an intern during a news conference with President Trump.
Hannity criticized the lawsuit filed by CNN against President Donald Trump, some of his top aides, and the Secret Service, which seeks to restore White House access for Acosta.More news: Rajinikanth’s Petta Release Date
She alleged that Acosta "physically refused to surrender a White House microphone to an intern", softening the earlier misconduct accusation and then casting blame on the journalist for his persistent questioning.
They began sparring after Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern United States border.
"The White House can not be permitted to cast out and punish reporters with whom it disagrees", CNN said in its court filing.
"Honestly, I think you should let me run the country and you run CNN", the president said.More news: Baby delivered alive after mother dies in United Kingdom crossbow attack
"He's got a loud voice", Trump said, adding: "You have to treat the White House of the office of the president with great respect". She grabbed the microphone but Acosta wouldn't give it up and there was brief contact between the two. "We will be filing friend-of-the-court briefs to support CNN's and Jim Acosta's lawsuit based on these principles", 13 media outlets said in a joint statement this morning, including Fox News as well as AP, NBC, Gannett, New York Times, USA Today, Politico, Bloomberg, Washington Post and others. Acosta has also gotten into combative arguments with other members of the administration, including former Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller.