Lame duck Republican Sen. Jeff Flake announced his support for CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta at the end of his speech during the congressional correspondent dinner on Wednesday night.
This news comes after Flake demanded that the Senate protect Rober Mueller before he votes to confirm any more judicial nominees.
“And I’ve enjoyed well almost every minute of it. The work you do here is more important than ever and you do it well. Please keep doing it. And lastly, and most sincerely, go get ‘em Acosta,” he said.
Acosta had his press credentials revoked last week after his most recent spat with President Donald Trump during the president’s post-midterm election press conference. He and CNN have since retaliated by filing a lawsuit against Trump, John Kelly, Bill Shine, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the Secret Service, Secret Service Director Randolph Alles and a specific unnamed Secret Service agent in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The theatrics began when Acosta challenged the president regarding his rhetoric on the migrant caravan. Trump shut him down and asked him to sit down. Acosta refused and continued asking questions. The president retaliated by verbally attacking both Acosta and CNN. As this was going on, a White House intern approached Acosta and tried to take the microphone from him, but he refused.