House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday called on Republican Greg Gianforte to apologize after he was charged with assaulting a reporter, but said he will leave it up to Montana voters to decide whether they want him to serve in Congress. "I do not think this is acceptable behavior, but the choice will be made by the people of Montana," Ryan said during a press conference in Washington. "There is no time when a physical altercations should occur with the press and just between human beings.
MONTANA (NBC) - A Montana sheriff has issued a citation for misdemeanor assault against Republican U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte after a newspaper reporter said the politician "body slammed" him, an account that was backed up by witnesses. Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said Gianforte was issued a citation Wednesday night.
A reporter for The Guardian newspaper was "body slammed" to the floor Wednesday by Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate in Thursday's special election for Montana's open U.S. House seat, the reporter and multiple witnesses said. The reporter, Ben Jacobs, was covering an event in Bozeman and tweeted the encounter at about 5 p.m. MT.