johnny isakson

35 Years Later, Former Hostages, Lawmakers Cheer Restitution

Isakson led a bipartisan group of lawmakers working to secure restitution for former Iranian hostages. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In 1979, Johnny Isakson was just one of many Americans tuning in to Ted Koppel's late night reports on the status of Americans taken hostage in Iran — what became the 444 day saga.  

"I was one of the people that was alive when 'Nightline' got started," the Republican senator from Georgia recalled Wednesday. "I took an interest when it happened. Never knew that I would get to the United States Senate, and when I got there on the Foreign Relations Committee, I came to appreciate the work that had been done in the past by people who tried to make compensation happen."  

Coats, Isakson Deny Ku Klux Klan Ties

Coats denied having KKK ties on Monday, along with Isakson. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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: