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CNN analyst Brian Karem announces decision to sue White House

Brian Karem, who serves as a CNN political analyst in addition to White House correspondent for Playboy magazine, announced Friday he intends to sue the White House over the the suspension of his WH reporting hard pass for 30 days.

The CNN pundit first received notification on August 2 from the administration that his pass would be revoked because of his aggressive interaction with former administration staffer Sebastian Gorka after a White House event on July 11.

In an appeal letter to White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, he wrote in part, “The crowd was heckling the journalists, and singled me out because of my parting question to President Trump. Then Gorka singled me out, and interpreted my friendly attempt to defuse the situation as a threat. At no point in time was I ever of the mind-set I was going to fight anyone.”

The appeal, however, was not successful, the Hollywood Reporter notes: “We will now go to court and sue,” he announced today on Twitter.

“This suspension of Playboy White House correspondent Brian Karem’s hard pass violates both the First Amendment and the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment,” Theodore Boutrous said, who represented CNN in the network’s successful lawsuit against the White House last November after correspondent Jim Acosta’s hard pass was revoked.

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