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Wed Aug 30, 2017, 09:55 AM

'Body-slam' congressman Greg Gianforte reneges on promise of Guardian interview

Source: The Guardian

'Body-slam' congressman Greg Gianforte reneges on promise of Guardian interview

Republican congressman pleaded guilty to assaulting Ben Jacobs in June but has so far failed to keep promise to the journalist of on-the-record meeting

Guardian staff
Wednesday 30 August 2017 10.00 BST

The Republican congressman who assaulted a Guardian reporter has failed to honour a commitment made in court to grant the reporter a one-on-one interview.

In June Greg Gianforte pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge for “body-slamming” Ben Jacobs.

In a civil settlement, the Montana Republican made a $50,000 donation to the Committee to Protect Journalists and issued an apology letter.

In the courtroom, Gianforte pledged to sit down with Jacobs in Washington DC after Jacobs expressed his hope for an interview in his victim’s statement.

“I’m sorry, and if and when you’re ready, I look forward to sitting down with you in DC,” Gianforte said.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/30/body-slam-congressman-greg-gianforte-reneges-on-promise-of-guardian-interview

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