Below is text of the statement read to a Montana court by Ben Jacobs, the Guardian reporter ‘body-slammed’ by Greg Gianforte
On 24 May 2017, I was doing my job. I am a reporter. I asked then candidate Greg Gianforte a question about the most important issue of the day: the cost of the Republican health care plan. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office had just released its cost estimate. Mr Gianforte had repeatedly stated that he needed to see this figure before he could decide whether he supported a massive proposal that would reshape one sixth of the US economy.