Gianforte’s conflict with The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs came the day preceding his uncommon decision against Democrat Rob Quist.
As Jacobs moved toward Gianforte to get some information about the House’s medicinal services vote, the competitor hailed Jacobs, who was tossed to the ground. The squabble was seen by a Fox News journalist and got on sound by Jacobs, who had been recording what he had wanted to be a meeting with Gianforte.
While his crusade at first cleared aside Jacobs’ allegations and blamed him for snatching what’s to come congressman’s wrist, Gianforte later apologized and conceded to the wrongdoing accusation. He served no correctional facility time, rather paying a fine and being condemned to group benefit.
His lawyers had sought to prevent him from sitting for a mugshot, but a judge ultimately ordered him to do so in August.
— Whitney Bermes (@wabermes) October 11, 2017
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported Gianforte would not fight the release of the photo. Gallatin County District Judge Holly Brown released the mugshot at the request of media.