Congressman who assaulted reporter refuses interview with victim | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Congressman who assaulted reporter refuses interview with victim

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 7:01 AM

U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, the Montana Republican who said during 
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his sentencing he would sit down for an interview with the Guardian reporter he assaulted, has refused to do an interview with the reporter, Ben Jacobs.

A congressman lie before a judge? Surely not.

Reporter Ben Jacobs tweeted a statement Tuesday evening saying Gianforte’s refusal to do the “promised on-the-record interview” with Jacobs is indicative of the congressman’s “pattern of avoiding responsibility for his actions and refusing to live up to the statements made in what I had thought was a sincere apology,” he said.
Jacobs continued:

“I will continue to strive to turn this incident into something positive. Civil discourse and press freedoms are non-partisan issues and should form the basic foundation of our political system and society. I regret that Congressman Gianforte doesn’t appear to these these values,” he said in his tweeted statement. “When the Congressman is ready to schedule an on-the-record interview with me, I welcome hearing from him. Otherwise, should we meet in the halls of the Capitol, I hope I can approach him without fear of physical assault.”

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