At the request of our clients, the statement below is issued following this morning's court ruling ordering the White House to immediately return CNN correspondent Jim Acosta's hard pass:

We applaud Judge Kelly's careful application of the law to reject the White House's claim of unbridled authority over journalists' access to the White House. Our democracy depends on reporters having access to, and being able to question, government officials.

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