Playboy White House senior correspondent Brian Karem sued the Trump administration Tuesday after his press credentials were suspended for a month.
"We are confident that the administration's latest punitive and lawless action against a journalist will not stand, and we look forward to our day in court," attorney Ted Boutrous said in a statement.
Boutrous filed suit in U.S. District Court in Washington, naming President Donald Trump and White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham as defendants and asserting Karem's First Amendment and Fifth Amendment rights were violated.
The lawsuit seeks the immediate restoration of Karem's hard pass, which provides daily access to the White House grounds and unspecified damages that would be proven at trial, The Hill reports.
Karem, 58, is also a CNN contributor. He vowed last week to sue the White House after Grisham defended his one-month suspension in a 13-page letter.
Grisham's letter, The Hill reports, cited Karem's conduct during a July 11 Rose Garden event during a White House social media summit.
The summit attendees, who were Trump supporters, were invited to the Rose Garden, where Trump announced he would drop his lawsuit to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, The Hill reports.
As the president returned to the White House after his announcement, Karem shouted whether Trump would take questions from reporters.
However, former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka, who was in the audience, began engaging with Karem before approaching the reporter."
"You're not a journalist," Gorka told Karem, according to YouTube video of the event. "You're a punk."
Karem then invited Gorka to "go outside and have a long talk."
But another summit attendee shouted to Karem that Gorka would "kick your f–ing ass," according to news reports, while Trump tweeted the next day Gorka "Wins Big, No Contest!"
In her letter, Grisham said she suspended Karem's pass based on videos of the incident, the observations of a Secret Service agent at the event and Karem's recounting of the exchange.
Revoking his pass, Grisham said, would be too harsh — but not responding at all was insufficient because of Karem's "disrupting" of a White House event, according to The Hill.
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