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Montana's Gianforte Avoids Jail Time For Reporter Assault

Montana's Gianforte Avoids Jail Time For Reporter Assault

Gianforte's attorneys filed an unopposed motion Thursday for the Monday appearance.

Gianforte cut off questions from reporters after court before he could be asked about why his campaign sent out a false statement. Ben Jacobs. He has accepted my apology.

Gianforte also needs to admit and explain why his campaign lied.

"You were doing your job".

"There will always be fundamental political agreements in our society", Jacobs said.

"I grabbed for (Jacobs') wrist". A scuffle ensued and he was injured, as I understand it...

Instead, he will do community service, submit to anger management counseling, and pay a fine. Yet the political ramifications of Gianforte's violent assault are still unfolding.

Newly elected US Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) will likely avoid jail time after assaulting a reporter the night before his election this May.

The judge then discovered that such a work release program can't be applied for those found guilty of assault.

"My intent was not to have you sit in jail", West told Gianforte.

Republican Greg Gianforte speaks to supporters after being declared the victor at a election night party for Montana's special House election against Democrat Rob Quist at the Hilton Garden Inn on May 25, 2017 in Bozeman, Montana.

Despite claims from both prosecutor and judge that Gianforte had taken responsibility, his campaign's lies remain uncorrected. The journalist was taken to the hospital to be examined.

Gianforte screamed at Jacobs, demanded he leave and then tackled him to the ground - smashing his glasses, according to past reports.

The incident was captured on audio tape.

And although it will take a lot for Gianforte to regain our trust, what he does next will speak volumes about whether his top priority is his constituency or himself.

Then a loud crashing is heard, after which Gianforte says, "I'm sick and exhausted of you guys". The last guy who came in here did the same thing! "Are you with the Guardian?". Jacobs can be heard saying his glasses were broken and he wanted to call the police.

Gianforte said he will announce his staff in the next few days.

"I'm sick and exhausted of you guys!" Gianforte yells, "Get the hell out of here". "I'm excited to get to work". The assault occurred in a room with a local TV news crew. In return, Jacobs pledged not to sue him.

"I have asked questions of hundreds of politicians: congressmen, senators and even the man who is now our president", Jacobs said in the courtroom. I should not have responded in the way that I did.

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault that night, drawing a national spectacle that made onlookers wonder if the Republican technology entrepreneur would still be able to pull out a win in the race.

Nearly immediately after the sentence was publicized, opposing political groups weighed in. "They do not need a criminal", Keenan wrote.

Keenan said Gianforte's role would be minimized by Republican leaders and that he would not give the state adequate representation as a result.

Gross said that though some have raised concerns that Gianforte was getting special treatment because of his status as a wealthy businessman and congressman-elect, she has seen zero evidence that's the case.


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