Two senators on Monday denied claims they had any involvement with the Ku Klux Klan.
Responding to an anonymous and unsubstantiated blog post, Sens. Dan Coats, R-Ind., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., denied claims they "are associated with either kkk or racist related," as the post on pastebin.com by someone named Amped Attacks suggested. Coats responded to questions via Twitter:
For those who are asking - I have never had any affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan and deplore all forms of racial discrimination— Senator Dan Coats (@SenDanCoats) November 2, 2015
CBS affiliate WGCL-TV in Atlanta reported that Isakson said in a statement, "This information is absolutely false and comes from an unverified source. Senator Isakson has never been affiliated with the KKK." Isakson's office did not respond to CQ Roll Call's request for comment.
This is baseless Internet garbage of the worst kind— Senator Dan Coats (@SenDanCoats) November 2, 2015
Isakson's office told CQ Roll Call the senator is prepared to take legal action over the allegation.
"Senator Isakson has never been affiliated with the KKK," an Isakson aide said. "Because we so firmly believe that this information is libelous and malicious, even under the public official standard, we are prepared to take legal action against any and all who continue to name Johnny Isakson and disseminate this false, unreliable, and unsourced information."
The hacking group Anonymous is scheduled to release on Nov. 5 the alleged identities of 1,000 people associated with the KKK. However, the Monday dump was apparently not part of that initiative , according to one of the group's Twitter accounts.
This account has NOT YET released any information. We believe in due diligence and will NOT recklessly involve innocent individuals #OpKKK — Operation KKK (@Operation_KKK) November 2, 2015Niels Lesniewski contributed to this report Related: Alan Grayson Ties KKK to Tea Party What Scalise and Vitter Told Roll Call About David Duke in 1999 See photos, follies, HOH Hits and Misses and more at Roll Call's new video site. Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.