A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that the White House must restore Brian Karem’s press pass after suspending it last month, the Daily Caller reports.
Judge Rudolph Contreras, of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, claiming that the White House had “not provided Karem with proper notice that his behavior…violated White House policies.”
This comes after Karem, who works as a contributor for CNN and the White House correspondent for Playboy, got into a verbal altercation with former White House Strategist Sebastian Gorka, who now hosts the radio show “America First” on the Salem Radio Network.
In the altercation, which took place on July 11th during President Trump’s Social Media Summit, Karem mocked attendees of the event by calling them “eager for demonic possession.” After Gorka mockingly asked if Karem was a journalist, Karem asked Gorka to “come outside” for “a nice long conversation,” which many interpreted as a physical threat. Gorka then approached Karem and called him “a punk,” as attendees cheered him on.
Karem previously had a history of outbursts at the White House, on several occasions harassing then-Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during press briefings, including asking her if she had ever been sexually harassed. This is also not the first time that a judge has unilaterally overturned a White House decision to suspend a reporter’s press pass. In November 2018, the White House revoked CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s credentials after Acosta refused to give up the microphone during a briefing, at one point forcefully wrestling it away from a female White House intern and swatting her arm away. Judge Timothy Kelly eventually ruled that the White House had to restore Acosta’s pass.