Montana GOP candidate for U.S. Congress, Greg Gianforte, has been charged with misdemeanor assault.
The Republican candidate “body slammed,” and according to Fox News “grabbed by the neck with both hands” a reporter from British news outlet, The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs.
The altercation took place at Gianforte’s campaign headquarters in Bozeman, Montana, the night before the state’s special election.
Ben Jacobs, a political reporter for the Guardian, said he had been asking Gianforte about the Republican healthcare plan when the candidate “body slammed” him and began shouting, “Get the hell out of here.”
Gianforte has been officially charged but will not be arrested. There is some speculation that it has to do with the sheriff, Brian Gootkin, being a donor to Gianforte’s campaign.
@chrislhayes Sheriff is a donor to his campaign
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) May 25, 2017
According to Gootkin’s statement, Gianforte has been issued a citation and will appear in court by June 7th.
“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 (MCA 45-5-201). The nature of the injuries did not meet the statutory elements of felony assault. Greg Gianforte received a citation on Wednesday night and is scheduled to appear in Gallatin County Justice Court between now and June 7, 2017.”
This story is ongoing and will be updated as events unfold.