Montana Republican, Greg Gianforte pleaded guilty on Monday to assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs a day before he was elected to the U.S. House, Circa News reports.
As TGP previously reported, GOP candidate Greg Gianforte grabbed a Guardian reporter by the neck and then body-slammed on a stage in front of reporters.
Gianforte went on to easily win the Montana House seat.
Via Circa News:
Montana Republican Greg Gianforte avoided jail time Monday after pleading guilty to assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs the day before he was elected to the U.S. House.
Gallatin County Justice of the Peace Rick West sentenced Gianforte to 40 hours of community service, 20 hours of anger management counseling and ordered him to pay a $385 fine for the misdemeanor.
The Guardian posted a full statement from Ben Jacobs on today’s sentencing of Greg Gianforte:
— Guardian US (@GuardianUS) June 12, 2017
Gianforte did issue and apology but of course that isn’t enough for the left. This is why you never apologize in the current political climate. Leftists see it as a sign of weakness and pile on.
The ruling comes less than a week after the 56-year-old congressman-elect issued an apology to Jacobs and agreed to donate $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
“My physical response to your legitimate question was unprofessional, unacceptable, and unlawful,” Gianforte wrote in a letter to Jacobs.
In addition, Gianforte’s attorneys noted that he had already paid more than $4,600 in restitution for the assault.
Montana Democrats are calling for Gianforte to resign:
Montana Democrats: Greg Gianforte Needs to Resign pic.twitter.com/TpmlpnVTRY
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 12, 2017