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MORNING BRIEF: Fox News team witnesses Montana House candidate ‘slamming reporter’

MELTDOWN IN MONTANA

The race to fill Montana’s sole seat in the U.S. House of Representatives took a violent turn Wednesday, and a crew from the Fox News Channel witnessed it first-hand.

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Reporter Alicia Acuna wrote that they looked to the Republican Greg Gianforte grab a news reporter by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him.

Acuna wrote that she “watched with disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the journalist.”

CITED FOR ABUSE

Greg Gianforte, the GOP House candidate in Montana who was neck-and-neck with his Democratic opponent before Thursday the special election was called for the offence of assault, after an incident with a newspaper reporter.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that there was probable cause for the issuance of a visa, but the nature of the injuries “do not meet the statutory elements of a felony assault.”

NEWSPAPERS TO TAKE BACK ENTRIES

The Billings Gazette wrote a letter to the editor late Wednesday to declare that it has withdrawn the approval of GOP House hopeful Greg Gianforte after allegations that he attacked a journalist.

Gazette opinion: We withdraw our approval of Gianforte #mtpol #mtal #montana https://t.co/amLeMrFwJj pic.twitter.com/kJy2BCg2eO

— Billings Gazette (@billingsgazette) May 25, 2017

“If what was heard on tape and described by eye witnesses is correct, the incident in Bozeman is nothing less than an attack. We would not tolerate if it happened on the street. We would not tolerate if it happened in a house or even a late night bar fight. And we could not accept a man who is running to be Montana’s lone Congressional representative,” the paper wrote.

TRUMP WIDENS SEARCH FOR THE FBI HEAD

President Trump has widened his search for a new FBI director after sources told Fox News that his recent frontrunner, former Sen. Joe Lieberman, is out of the running for the vacancy.

Politico reported that the Democrats were against the idea of a former politician’s position– despite the fact that Lieberman was a former Democrat and later Independent.

‘HANNITY’

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich told Fox News’ “Hannity” Wednesday that President Trump ‘ s first foreign trip as chief executive would be remembered as a “turning point” in the fight against Islamic terrorism.

Gingrich reserved special praise for Trump’s speech to the Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia, where the president called for a “coalition of nations” “stamp extremism” and “drive out the terrorists from places of worship.”

‘HANNITY’: HOST: THE RUSSIAN CONSPIRACY THEORY IS CRUMBLING

COMING UP ON FOX BUSINESS

8:50 AM ET: Mick Mulvaney, director Of the Office of Management and Budget, pays a visit to “mornings with Mary”

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11 PM ET: Grover Norquist will be a guest on the “Varney & Company,” and then at 5 p.m. ET on “Risk and Reward”

2 PM ET: Scott Flanders, eHealth CEO, will appear on “The Intelligence Report”

COMING UP ON FOX NEWS CHANNEL

9:45 AM ET: Senate Budget Committee holds hearing on Trump’s FY18 Budget Proposal. OMB Director Mulvaney testifies.

3:30 PM ET: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the commencement address at Harvard. Live on FoxNews.com

10:30 AM ET: Attorney-General Sessions appeals with the federal, state and local police efforts to combat violent crime and restore public safety. Memphis, TN

 

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