Montana Congressman-Elect Gets No Jail Time for Assaulting Reporter
Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault Monday for "body slamming" journalist Ben Jacobs.
Republican congressman-elect Greg Gianforte pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor assault for body-slamming a reporter and will serve no jail time, a Montana judge has ruled.
Gallatin County Justice Court Judge Rick West ordered Gianforte, a Trump supporter, to serve 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management classes. He also must pay $385 in fines and fees.
Last week, the 56-year-old tech millionaire settled a civil claim with Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, agreeing to pay $4,464.97 in restitution.
Gianforte also issued a public apology and said he would donate $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
“I acknowledge that the media have an obligation to seek information,” Gianforte said at the time. “I also know that civility in our public discourse is central to a productive dialogue on issues. I had no right to respond the way I did to your legitimate question about health care policy. You were doing your job.”
Jacobs said Gianforte attacked him and knocked him to the ground after he asked a question in Bozeman on the eve of the state’s special election to choose a new House representative after the incumbent accepted a position in Donald Trump’s administration.
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