Montana Republican Greg Gianforte is sworn-in as a member of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives, a week and half after he pled guilty to assaulting a reporter during his campaign. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Montana Republican Greg Gianforte is sworn-in as a member of Congress on Wednesday (June 21). He pleaded guilty last week to assaulting a reporter and was ordered to perform community service and receive anger management training. Gianforte, a wealthy former technology executive who campaigned on his support for President Donald Trump, attacked a reporter on May 24, the day before he won a special election to fill Montana's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Gallatin County Judge Rick West sentenced Gianforte to 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management classes. Ben Jacobs, a political correspondent for Britain's Guardian newspaper, said Gianforte "body-slammed" him, breaking his eyeglasses, when the reporter posed a question about healthcare during a campaign event in Bozeman. The altercation has been portrayed as a sign of the toxicity that has infused American politics. Critics of Trump say his strident criticism of the media has encouraged violence against journalists, while some of the president's supporters say reporters in general are unfair in their coverage.