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Release of Gianforte mug shot will be up to a judge

(BOZEMAN)- Media organizations are asking a Gallatin County District Court judge to release Congressman Greg Gianforte's mug shot, after the Bozeman Republican had the picture, and his fingerprints, taken late last week. 

The booking photo comes weeks after Gianforte was cited for attacking a reporter on the eve of the May special election. Gianforte had never been arrested for the assault, and pled guilty the following month. But the court had ruled he must have a booking photo and fingerprints taken as part of the case. 

However, because Gallatin County doesn't release booking photos, a District Court judge will have to determine whether the release of Gianforte's photo is in the public interest or should remain private. 


Gianforte assumes MT Congressional seat 

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)- For the first time in over 3-months, Montana has a voice in the House of Representatives again, with Bozeman businessman Greg Gianforte moving into the open Congressional seat. 

Gianforte takes the oath of office today, as he begins serving out the remainder of Ryan Zinke's term. Zinke left the seat open when he accepted the job at President Trump's Interior Secretary. 

The step comes just over a week after Gianforte was sentenced on charges of assaulting a reporting on the eve of the campaign. Since then, the Republican has been saying he wants to see a return to "civiliity" in government.  

Gianforte won't have much time to get used to the post before having to run again. He's already filed for a re-election bid next year. 


Gianforte still a "no show" for court appearance on assault charge

KBZK photo by Lena Blietz(BOZEMAN)- Protesters both critical and supportive were out with signs this morning, but Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte was a "no show" in Bozeman this morning, with time running out for him to answer to charges of assaulting a reporter. 

Gianforte, who won Montana's lone House seat in the May 25th Special election, is accused of "body slamming" a newspaper reporter the night before the polls opened during a Bozeman campaign appearance. 

Reporters, as well as Gianforte supporters and critics were back in Bozeman this morning anticipating his appearance on the assault charge. But KBZK TV is reporting Gianforte didn't come to court. The station reports his last chance to appear will be Wednesday morning, unless he requests a continuance. 


Gianforte enters upcoming contest to replace Zinke

(HELENA)- As expected, former Gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte says he will seek the nomination to replace Congressman Ryan Zinke.

Zinke is in the running to be the Interior Secretary in President Donald Trump's cabinet, which would create a vacancy in Montana's lone Congressional seat. A U.S. Senate committee is expected to act on Zinke's nomination early next week. 

There had been speculation since Zinke's nomination was announced that Gianforte, who lost his bid to unseat incumbent Governor Steve Bullock last fall, would be interested in the GOP nomination for a special election. 

KXLH TV reports Gianforte confirmed he will seek his party's nomination in a letter to Republican leaders yesterday. 

At least nine other candidates from the major parties have also expressed an interest.