The Guardian newspaper Thursday reposted a story from a month ago detailing Montana Republican Greg Gianforte's financial ties to sanctioned Russia companies.
The reporter of the Guardian story from April 28 — Ben Jacobs, who was body-slammed by Gianforte on Wednesday.
The Guardian reported Gianforte owns nearly $250,000 in shares of Russian index funds with holdings in Russian companies that fell under U.S. sanctions after Russia's action to take back Crimea in 2014.
Gianforte's opponent in Thursday's special election, Democrat Rob Quist, criticized the Republican for keeping the holdings secret. Team Gianforte said he would put his assets in a blind trust if he won the special election, the Guardian reported.
"Greg strongly believes his personal assets should never influence his decision-making in office," a spokesman told the Guardian.
Gianforte is running in Montana's special election Thursday to replace the seat vacated by Ryan Zinke, who took over to be President Donald Trump's secretary of Interior.
Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault for grabbing Jacobs by the neck and slamming him to the floor.
The special election was already a source of angst for House Republicans before Gianforte's encounter with Jacobs. Polling has shown the race to be too close considering Montana is as dead-a-red state as there is in the U.S.
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