UPDATED with Grisham Reaction: A federal judge ordered the White House on Tuesday to reinstate the hard pass of Playboy whose credentials were set aside after a violent incident in July 2007, which he subsequently posted a rose garden ceremony with former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka brought into dispute.
US District Judge Rudolph Contreras granted Karem's application for an injunction and injunction. He found that Stephanie Grisham's grounds for revoking the passport were too vague.
"The events in the White House seem to be very different," Contreras wrote in his opinion. "Without context-sensitive signposts, 'professionalism' remains too murky on its own to make an appropriate statement here."
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After Grisham had informed Karem that she had suspended his hard pass for 30 days and He described his behavior as "unacceptable and disturbing" and sued him. A hard passport for full-time White House reporters allows reporters to come and go without having to apply for a passport every time they visit.
Grisham issued a statement Tuesday in which she said, "We disagree with the district court's decision to issue a ruling that essentially leaves the press free to act unprofessionally and disruptively in the White House.
"Mr. Karem's behavior, including the threat of escalating a verbal confrontation into a physical confrontation until an intelligence agent intervened, clearly violated well-understood professional standards of behavior.
Karem's defense team argued that the suspension of his hard pass was violated The White House is a quasi-public space with a special room for journalists. They claimed that the Trump administration had selected him for his coverage, which is often critical of the government. Contreras, however, noted that Karem's due process was denied, but declined to decide whether the Trump administration violated his freedom of speech. Instead, he focused on the incident himself and concluded that "Karem has provided some evidence that White House press events often run free and aggressive behavior has long been tolerated without punishment. "He noted that the press corps often raises questions and gets involved in unpunished clashes when the press card is pulled.
The Judge The decision marks the second victory for Karem's lawyer Theodore Boutrous, who was also taken over by CNN last year, when then-press spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders took over the mandates of her White House chief correspondent, Jim Acosta. A federal judge later ordered the reinstatement of his hard pass and came to the conclusion that he was denied the proper procedure.
This time, Justice Department lawyers argued that Grisham Karem, also a CNN employee, had the opportunity to respond she informed him in a letter on August 2 that she had made the preliminary decision to suspend the hard pass , Karem's lawyers met with Grisham, but she told him on August 16 that her decision was final.
Following the Acosta incident, the White House issued a series of guidelines for conduct at press conferences, but did not address other events. "Although" professionalism "has a well-known meaning, it is inherently subjective and contextual." he wrote
Karem and Gorka got into an argument after the Rosengarten event ended, in which Trump spoke to an audience that included Gorka and other right-wing media personalities and supporters, including Joy Villa and James O'Keefe ,  Karem, who was behind a dedicated cord to give reporters the spring, became engaged to one of the participants and joked, "This is a group of people who are out to demonic possessions." Gorka the n shouted at him, "And you're a journalist, right?"
Karem replied, "Hey, come over and talk to me, brother, or we can go out and talk for a long time." 19659002] Then Gorka stepped up to him and said, "They threaten me now in the White House. In the rose garden. They threaten me in the rose garden. "When Gorka was about a meter away, he shouted to Karem," You're a punk. You are not a journalist. You are a punk. "
When Gorka left, people in the crowd began to sing," Gorka! Gorka !, Karem said, "Go home" and then yelled at him, "Hey Gorka, get a job!"
Grisham claimed that Karem had "threatened to escalate a verbal altercation into a physical altercation." the Secret Service considered it prudent to intervene, and that Karem would later visit Gorka in the White House's Palm Room, "which quickly became a confrontation as he repeatedly contradicted the instructions of a White House employee to leave."
But in legal documents and at a hearing last week, Boutrous denied the report by saying that Karem not only tried to escalate the situation, but merely tried to talk to Gorka and even extended his arm for a handshake ,
"No, Karem's remark that he and Gorka could" go out and have a long talk "was undoubtedly an allusion to a physical altercation, but the videos make it clear that it was an irreverent, caustic joke, not one real threat. "Contreras wrot e.
He also wrote that the videos of the incident contradict the notion that an intelligence agent had to intervene to keep Karem and Gorka from fighting, noting that the agent was passing right by Karem when exchanging messages with Gorka came to a close, and then came back when he heard someone calling Karem a "punk ass."
"Rather, Karem and Gorka had plenty of opportunity to initiate a physical altercation, and each of them decided not to "Contreras wrote, adding that" this event was also an event in which jocular insults came from all directions. "
Karem wrote on Twitter after today's verdict:" God bless the Constitution, freedom of speech, due process and @boutrousted and his great legal team. "
In an interview, Boutrous stated that the judge" rejected all the arguments of the White House it refutes. "He said that they could pursue the case or appeal further the judge's order.
"If they maintain their position, we will act and sue for the merits of the case," he said, adding that this would bring about the search for discoveries and statements.