The Guardian has now posted audio of Montana Republican Greg Gianforte assaulting one of its reporters, Ben Jacobs, after Jacobs tried asking a question about the Congressional Budget Office’s assessment of the GOP’s Obamacare repeal legislation at a Gianforte “meet-and-greet”:

Jacobs was taken to a local hospital. Police have arrived on scene and are questioning witnesses, but Gianforte has left the area. His campaign has, however, released a statement:

A transcript of the encounter is below:

Jacobs: … the CBO score. Because, you know, you've been waiting to make your decision about health care until you saw the bill, and it just came out …


Gianforte: We'll talk to you about that later.


Jacobs: Yeah, but there's not going to be time. I'm just curious ...


Gianforte: Okay, speak with Shane, please.


Jacobs: But, you gotta ...


[loud crunching noises]


Gianforte [screaming]: I'M SICK AND TIRED OF YOU GUYS!


Jacobs: Jesus Chr ...


Gianforte: THE LAST GUY THAT CAME IN HERE—YOU DID THE SAME THING. GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE!


Jacobs: Jesus!


Gianforte: GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE! The last guy did the same thing. You with the Guardian?


Jacobs: Yes, and you just broke my glasses.


Gianforte: The last guy did the same damn thing.


Jacobs: You just body-slammed me and broke my glasses.


Gianforte: Get the hell out of here.


Jacobs: You'd like me to get the hell out of here, I’d also like to call the police. Can I get you guys's names?


Man: Hey, you gotta leave.


Jacobs: He just body-slammed me.


Man: You gotta leave.