In a victory for the cable network and for press access generally, Judge Timothy J. Kelly granted CNN's motion for a temporary restraining order that will prevent the administration from keeping Acosta off the White House grounds.
"What was going through my mind was 'Gee I hope this works out, '" Acosta said to reporters after he was given his credentials back.
They thanked "all who have supported not just CNN, but a free, strong and independent American press".
The journalist, who is CNN's chief White House correspondent, was barred from the White House after a contentious press conference with President Donald Trump. The judge said Acosta's credentials would be returned immediately and reactivated to allow him access to the White House. But right now, the White House has no alternative than to let Acosta back on the beat.
He also agreed with CNN's argument that the White House did not provide due process.
Trump cut off Acosta as he tried to press a point over refugees marching through Mexico toward the USA border.
Exit quotation from Andrew Egger, recognizing the real victor today: "Acosta's tedious furrowed-brow posturing and spotlight-hogging and his fixation on Trump's meanness to the press are all catnip to a president who loves nothing more than to tell his fans that that's what journalists are all about".
"Contrary to CNN's assertions, there is no greater demonstration of the president's support for a free press than the event he held today", Sanders said. Acosta took no question.
Acosta, who often runs afoul of Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, refused to give up the microphone to a White House intern while aggressively questioning the president about the migrant caravan and Russian Federation last week. Many people can be prohibited from entering the White House without their freedom of speech becoming infringed.
I offer the clip to you not as an easy opportunity to goof on the panelists, although it is that, but as an insight into how the average person is likely to process this morning's news. "And just stand up and not sit down". Preposterous. If they wanted to, CNN could carry the live feed of the press briefing and have Acosta comment in real time in their booth, like a play-by-play announcer covering a game. When the White House intern came by to do her job by retrieving the mic, Acosta refused to give it up and lightly pushed her arm down. "So we're setting up a certain standard, which is what the court is requesting".
CNN filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration on Tuesday demanding that the White House restore the press credential of the star reporter - but Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called the move "more grandstanding from CNN". I want to thank the judge. "As a result of today's incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice".
Although some seem to believe that the entire Acosta scandal was a ruse by Trump to save Assange's neck. He also said behavior such as Acosta's refusal to yield the microphone impedes the president's ability to conduct press conferences.