Gianforte apologizes for "assault" on reporter
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Greg Gianforte, the incoming Montana Rep., has apologized for his "assault" on Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs on the eve of the election, and donated $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists. He still faces a misdemeanor assault charge.
From his statement: "My physical response to your legitimate question was unprofessional, unacceptable, and unlawful... notwithstanding anyone's statements to the contrary, you did not initiate any physical contact with me, and I had no right to assault you."
Flashback: Gianforte's campaign released a statement on the night of the incident claiming Jacobs had been "aggressive" and spun both men to the ground.
From Jacobs' statement: "I have accepted Mr Gianforte's apology and his willingness to take responsibility for his actions and statements."