Police investigating reporter's allegations of assault by Montana GOP candidate

Olive Rios
May 25, 2017

Then the statement dramatically veers away from Jacobs' account, and the Fox News report. "That is wrong and it should not have happened".

"Our second amendment rights are not up for negotiation", Greg Gianforte said in his ad, after shooting a computer screen with a shotgun.

"Clearly, he's not fit to represent Montana in Congress", Ellison said.

The National Republican Congressional Committee, a political committee for House Republicans, didn't immediately offer a response to the incident.

As the recording reveals, Jacobs was trying to get Gianforte to respond to findings of the Congressional Budget Office's assessment of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), better known as Trumpcare, which had been released publicly Wednesday afternoon.

"The Guardian is deeply appalled by how our reporter, Ben Jacobs, was treated in the course of doing his job as a journalist while reporting on the Montana special election", Guardian U.S. editor Lee Glendinning said.

Greg Gianforte received a citation on Wednesday night and is scheduled to appear in Gallatin County Justice Court between now and June 7, 2017.

Original Post: On the eve of a special election to fill Montana's lone House seat, Republican candidate Greg Gianforte lost his cool while being interviewed by reporters at his Bozeman, Montana headquarters when, out of the blue, Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs says Gianforte body slammed him.

Montana's secretary of state's office says 37 percent of registered voters had returned absentee ballots as of Wednesday. Fine. Which one of you jackasses had the gall to tempt the gods of karmic whatever and looked at the news this past week and said, "At least politics couldn't get any worse"?

The evening before election day for a congressional race in Montana, the frontrunner has been caught on tape allegedly bodyslamming a reporter asking him a question.

Congressman Duncan Hunter of California said: "It's not appropriate behavior. Unless the reporter deserved it". While she couldn't physically see the entire scene, she described what she witnessed from outside the room.

Montana voters are heading to the polls Thursday to decide a nationally watched congressional election amid uncertainty in Washington over President Donald Trump's agenda and his handling of the country's affairs.

The incident was witnessed by a team from Fox News that was setting up for an interview with Gianforte.

Quist, attending another campaign event in Missoula, declined to comment on early reports of Wednesday's incident.

Three of Montana's biggest newspapers pulled their endorsements of Gianforte but did not endorse his opponents.

Jacobs continued to ask his question.

According to Scanlon, however, Jacobs's confrontation and the subsequent attack happened in a completely different manner, with Jacobs "aggressively shoving" a recorder into Gianforte's face and grabbing the candidate's wrist, resulting in the men both being pushed to the ground. There's still time to stop Greg Gianforte after his alleged violent assault. He's accused of grabbing Jacobs by the throat and throwing him to the ground in his campaign office Wednesday night.

Gianforte's campaign says the two fell to the ground together while fighting over a recorder. The Sheriff's department said in its statement that Jacobs' injuries did not meet the legal definition of felony assault.

"Democracy can not exist without a free press, and both concepts are under attack by Republican U.S. House Candidate Greg Gianforte".

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