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Records show Greg Gianforte misled police on reporter incident

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Rep. Greg Gianforte falsely told the police that Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs initiated physical contact with him the night before Montana's election, according to the Guardian.

Why it matters: Gianforte's campaign spokesman Shane Scanlon had blamed Jacobs for the incident, in which Gianforte body slammed him and broke his glasses. And while Gianforte later wrote in a letter to Jacobs that "you did not initiate any physical contact with me, and I had no right to assault you," the police incident report shows that he blamed Jacobs for "trying to make a story." Gianforte eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge.