Montana Republican Greg Gianforte has been sworn in as the newest member of Congress, a month after he body-slammed a reporter who had questioned him about the GOP health care bill. (June 21)
The reporter whom Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte body slammed in May said Tuesday that the RepublicanÂ congressman is refusing to give him the on-the-record interview that Gianforte promised.
In a statement theÂ Guardian‘sÂ Ben Jacobs tweeted, the reporter wrote, “In refusing to do the promised on-the-record interview with me, Congressman Gianforte continues his 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.”
In a sentencing hearing, Gianforte told Jacobs, “If and when youâre ready, I look forward to sitting down with you,”Â The Washington PostÂ reported.Â Gianforte’s communications director Travis HallÂ also told theÂ PostÂ that he had been in contact with Jacobs to schedule a “meeting.”
“Weâve offered times to Ben to sit down with Greg when the House reconvenes after the district work period,” Hall said. Â According to the Post, Hall’s statement did not indicate whether Gianforte intended for the meeting to be “on the record.”
Jacobs also claimed TuesdayÂ that Gianforte had slandered him and tried to avoid pleading guilty to the attack, but added that he could “take some minor consolation that in the past two months, his efforts to avoid answering any questions from me have been non-violent.”