Published: Fri, May 26, 2017
Industry | By Faith Ward

GOP Politician Allegedly "Body Slams" Reporter, And The Audio Recording Is Nuts

Jacobs was asking Gianforte questions about the Congressional Budget Office's scoring of the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act when audio recorded by Jacobs captured a violent encounter.

An article from the Independent Record offered this rebuke: "Democracy can not exist without a free press, and both concepts are under attack by Republican US House Candidate Greg Gianforte ..." She added that Gianforte then began to punch Jacobs.

"Following multiple interviews and an investigation by the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office it was determined there was probable cause to issue a citation to Greg Gianforte for misdemeanor assault", the statement reads.

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault after the incident. In the recording, Gianforte can be heard saying that he was "sick and exhausted of you guys". Jacobs then grabbed Gianforte's wrist and both fell to the ground, Scanlon said.

There are approximately 700,000 registered voters in Montana, but before polls opened Thursday morning state election officials say close to 260,000 Montanans had voted absentee.

Ryan says "that's wrong and should not happen".

But he said he would "let the people of Montana decide who they want as their representative", and accept Gianforte in the House if he wins.

US House Representative-elect Greg Gianforte apologizes for an altercation with a reporter during his victory speech Thursday, May 25, 2017.

Jacobs works for the Guardian newspaper, and has been covering the Montana special election.

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Of course, Gianforte's campaign claims that Jacobs was the aggressor.

The sheriff's office said Gianforte has until June 7 to appear in court on the charge.

"Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses", Mr. Jacobs wrote on Twitter.

The 45-second recording does not contain a request from Gianforte that Jacobs lower his phone.

"Greg then attempted to grab the phone that was pushed in his face", Scanlon said.

Three Montana newspapers have pulled their endorsements of the GOP House candidate. Obviously we don't condone such behavior, although with polarization and contempt for the press at an all-time high - it's not sure whether this incident will hurt Gianforte.

But within hours after Gianforte allegedly assaulted a reporter in Bozeman Wednesday evening, the papers withdrew their endorsements and condemned his actions.

Some who voted for Quist said they were optimistic some Independent voters would change their vote as a result of the news, but said die-hard supporters on either side of the aisle would find the good in their candidate.

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