BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat was charged with misdemeanor assault Wednesday night after witnesses told police Greg Gianforte grabbed a reporter by the neck and slammed him to the ground the night before polls close in the nationally-watched election.
The Fox News host is among several other conservative journalists who support the conspiracy theory that Rich leaked thousands of emails to WikiLeaks last July and got killed in return.
In the wake of the Fox News report, law enforcement officials disputed that Rich's laptop had even been in possession of, or examined by, federal authorities. Fox News has retracted a story on the 2016 murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, which was roundly condemned for perpetuating conspiracy theories, while host Sean Hannity said he would cease further discussion of the subject on his show in the network's evening lineup.