FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2011 file photo, Piers Morgan, host of CNN  FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2011 file photo, Piers Morgan, host of CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," leaves the CNN building in Los Angeles. Prominent British television presenter Jeremy Paxman has told an official inquiry that Morgan once gave him pointers on how to hack a mobile phone. Paxman's disclosure Wednesday May 23 2012 appears at odds with Morgan's suggestions that he had no direct knowledge of the shady practice which many British journalists used to score scoops. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)   

White House agrees to respond to ‘deport Piers Morgan’ petition

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

The White House announced its intent Monday night to respond to a petition to deport CNN host and anti-gun advocate Piers Morgan, Politico reported.

Shortly after Morgan’s contentious interview with petition backer and radio host Alex Jones, the White House released a statement about the petition, which currently boasts over 106,000 signatures — far more than the 25,000 threshold needed for the White House to respond.

“The White House responds to all petitions that cross the threshold and we will respond to this one. In the meantime, it is worth remembering that the freedom of expression is a bedrock principle in our democracy,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement reported by Politico.

The petition demands that Morgan, a British citizen, be deported for “attacking the Second Amendment.”

“British Citizen and CNN television host Piers Morgan is engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment,” the petition reads. “We demand that Mr. Morgan be deported immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights and for exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens.”

It was created on Dec. 21.

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