On Wednesday, a reporter was body slammed by the Republican candidate in the Montana special house election, Greg Gianforte, and was sent to the hospital for the injuries. He came back with an X-ray giving circumstantial evidence to the case of assault against Gianforte and the evidence is enough to charge him with misdemeanor assault. Gianforte is scheduled to appear in court on June 7th.
On Thursday a veteran Washington reporter said that he was manhandled and forced out of the agency headquarters at the Federal Communications Commission when he tried to ask questions at a public meeting. John M. Donnelly, a senior writer at CQ Roll Call, said he was just trying to ask some questions when he was pinned against a wall by two plain clothed security guards. Seeking to question officials after news conferences is standard practice for journalists in Washington.
Rep Greg Gianforte of Montana will plead guilty to assaulting a reporter one day before being elected as the state’s only congressman last month. On Monday, Gianforte will enter his plea in court, he is scheduled to be arraigned and sentenced for the assault. Gianforte attacked a reporter, knocking him to the ground, after being asked to answer some questions.