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Reporter warns Rep. Gianforte not to lie around 2017 attacks

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1; The US republic Greg Gianforte has deliberately misled voters and the media about his attack on a reporter last year as the Republican campaign for re-election of republicans, the reporter’s lawyer said in a letter Thursday.

Ben Jacob’s lawyer, Geoffrey Genth, sent an ending letter threatening to cancel Jacob’s agreement not to sue Gianforte if the congressional leader did not end. Genth told William Mercer, Gianforte’s lawyer, to keep all actions about the attack if they are needed as evidence.

Please inform your client that he and his spokesmen must terminate – immediately and forever – to say lies about the assault, about their own past lies, your customer’s settlement agreement with Ben or any other aspect of this matter, wrote Genth.

Gianfortes spokesman Travis Hall declined to comment on the letter.

“Greg regrets what happened and has taken full responsibility for it,” Hall said in a statement.

Genth refused to comment and said that the letter speaks for itself.

The attack against Jacobs has resurrected as a campaign problem for Gianforte, who defends his seat against Democratic Challenger Kathleen Williams. Williams recently released an ad with the sound of scuffle from Jacobs Recorder, with the ad saying, “This is not who we are.”

President Donald Trump also praised Gianforte for the attack during a rally last week in Missoula. “Every guy who can make a body mass – he’s my kind of guy,” said the president.

Gianforte accused guilty of abuse abuses after throwing Jacobs to the ground when the reporter tried to ask him a question the day before the special congressional election Gianforte won in 2017 to complete Ryan Zinke, named by the secretary of the Interior Ministry.

Jacobs agreed not to sue Gianforte donated $ 50,000 to the committee to protect journalists and wrote a letter confirming that Jacobs did not initiate the attack. Gianforte told police at the beginning that Jacobs attacked him first and his campaign initially released a statement that repeated that Jacobs was the aggressor.

Gianforte told the editors of the Mississippi newspaper that he told the police what he recalled – that Jacobs attacked him first – and that he was bound by the settlement agreement not to talk about the assault, the newspaper reported earlier this week.

These comments led to Genth’s letter. Gianforte’s remarks aim to hide his responsibility for the attack and his dishonesty about it, wrote Genth. There is also no confidentiality clause in the agreement and nothing to keep Gianforte from answering questions about the attack and his statement to the police, allow the lawyer.

“With his new fake about the” deal of settlement, “rep Gianforte said in the last weeks before an inquired election, mislead the press and voter about his ability to answer questions relevant to his candidacy, wrote Genth. 19659007] The renewed attention to Gianfort’s attack comes with a pending vote in Montana. A Democrat has not held the seat of the United States since 1997 in Montana, a conservative state that otherwise has a story of the voting democrats in the statewide office – including the United States Sen. Jon Tester and Gov. Steve Bullock.

Carroll College Political Professor Jeremy Johnson said the president did not make Gianforte any benefits by bringing it up last week. The reminder may affect independent and swingers in the race.

“It has now become another argument which Williams can use to make his case, “Johnson said.

Williams said Thursday that Montana voters should have conversation concern about health care, social security and rural issues – but instead find themselves talking about an attack by a congressman.

“Montananer can do so much better,” said Williams. “Frankly, this is not a behavior that becomes an American representative.”

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