As we’ve previously reported, the White House suspended the press pass of Playboy reporter & CNN commentator Brian Karem for 30 days after he made a scene during an event in the White House Rose Garden. Karem and his lawyer later filed a lawsuit, and now that there are two weeks left in the suspension, Karem and his lawyer are demanding the immediate return of his press credentials:

Karem explained his side of the story on CNN. Brian Stelter told Karem he thought his behavior was inappropriate, but Karem invoked former WH reporters such as Sam Donaldson and Helen Thomas in defending himself:

Karem finished up with this:

Sure, but obviously the White House doesn’t have to embrace it.

We don’t recall Helen Thomas or Sam Donaldson ever doing that.