"We're very excited to have Mr. Acosta be able to go back and get his hard pass and report the news about the White House".
Last week, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced that Acosta's hard pass - the White House access pass granted to some journalists after a rigorous background check process - was being revoked after Acosta had a testy exchange with the president in last week's press conference.
The White House pulled Acosta's credentials last week following a combative press conference in which he clashed with Trump.
The judge didn't buy the White House party line, because it shifted from Acosta making contact with a W.H. intern as the basis for its decision, to Acosta's "general conduct".
"Each day he [Acosta] is deprived. suffers a harm that can not be remedied in retrospect", Kelly said. "It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter's colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question".More news: Apple supplier IQE warns on profits in sign of tough smartphone market
"After a long and tense back-and-forth, a female White House intern tried to take the microphone from Acosta".
The decision is a total win for CNN and other news organizations fighting for press freedoms.
The judge did not base his core ruling off the First Amendment but rather the Due Process clause of the 5th Amendment.
The move to punish Acosta by removing his access to the White House is believed to be unprecedented, Washington Post reported. Of particular issue is whether his pass was taken away because of his rude behavior or due to the content of his reporting. "While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone". Kelly asked, according to ABC News.
In response, CNN attorney Ted Boutrous said the government had a "warped view" of the First and Fifth amendments.
Boutrous argued that the Trump administration's views on the First Amendment are "warped", and that there's no First Amendment doctrine that says, "Because there are lots of other reporters you can ban one".
CNN wins court order against the Trump administration after the White House revoked the CNN reporter's credentials.