Ned Flounders wrote:My prediction - he apologizes, he pleads guilty in exchange for a slap on the wrist, his new GOP colleagues look sorrowful and say "yeah, he made a mistake and we don't approve of violence but he's apologized so it's all good" and he takes his seat in the House.
(1) Apology: check (Gianforte apologizes for body slam incident)
(2) Guilty plea and slap on wrist: check (Gianforte Pleads Guilty, Won't Serve Jail Time In Assault On Journalist)
(3) Republicans shrug it off as "mistakes were made": check (The Muted Republican Reaction to Greg Gianforte’s Assault Charge)
(4) Republicans allow him to join their caucus and take his seat in Congress: check (Gianforte sworn in to House days after pleading guilty to assault)
Paul Ryan congratulates and compliments Gianforte as he joins the House:
“Congratulations, you are now a member of the 115th Congress,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said, as the members applauded.
House majority leader Kevin McCarthy, of California, then rose to welcome the to newest member of Congress, who called a “family man” and a “businessman”.
“Now, Montana may only send one member to this body,” McCarthy said, “but out west, it’s not about how many you are, it’s about how much you do. Greg is a doer. And we’re happy to have him here.”