Man accused of dumping water on Steve King could face federal assault charge
If found guilty, 26-year-old Blake Gibbins could face year in prison

Investigators are probing whether a man who allegedly dumped water on Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King at a restaurant because he was a congressman should face federal assault charges. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A man who allegedly dumped a cup of water on Rep. Steve King at a restaurant in Iowa in March could face federal charges for assaulting a congressman, which could put him in prison for up to a year.

Blake Gibbins, 26, an Iowa native who now lives in Colorado, has been accused of approaching King’s table at the Mineral City Mill and Grill in Fort Dodge, Iowa, asking the Republican congressman who he was, and then dispensing the contents of his water cup onto him. The water splashed onto at least one other person at the table, according to reports of the incident.