GOP Rep. Says He Was ‘Unaware’ Of Holocaust Denier Chuck Johnson’s ‘Previous Associations’

UNITED STATES - MARCH 20: Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
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Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) confirmed to TPM Wednesday that he’d had “a discussion” with Holocaust denier and right-wing troll Chuck C. Johnson.

In a statement Harris’ press secretary shared with TPM Wednesday evening, the congressman said he was “unaware of his previous associations.”

“I am unaware of his previous associations, but we had a discussion involving his business with genetic sequencing,” the statement read. “Of course I disavow and condemn white supremacy and anti-semitism.”

HuffPost’s Matt Fuller posted a picture of Harris and Johnson, alongside someone who appeared to be Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), on Wednesday:

Johnson, whose website once raised money for white supremacist Richard Spencer’s legal defense fund, has ties to other members of Congress, as well.

Last year, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was criticized for giving Johnson a ticket to the State of the Union address. (Gaetz told the Daily Beast that Johnson just “showed up at my office,” and that he had no prior relationship with him.)

And, the year prior, Johnson attended a meeting in the Ecuadorian embassy in London with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Soon after, Rohrabacher brought Johnson to a meeting with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

“I do not and never have believed the six million figure,” Johnson wrote in a 2017 Reddit AMA (“Ask Me Anything”), first flagged by Little Green Footballs, referring to Jews who were killed in the Holocaust.

Johnson later claimed “I am not, nor have I ever been a Holocaust denier,” and said the comments were, in Mother Jones’ words, “part of a secret trolling experiment he was running.”

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  1. “part of a secret trolling experiment he was running.”

    Officer, this bag of cash in my car was from a bank that I was using as an experiment to see if I could withdraw money without having a checking account, thus exposing their shameful lax practices. I’ll be on my way now.

  2. “part of a secret trolling experiment he was running.”

    Yeah, we run one here too, only not so secret.
    It doesn’t end well for the trolls.

  3. Research. You have to lean on “research”.

  4. Yes, and I’m the next King of England.

  5. I believe you, yes, I do.

    Mind you, others wouldn’t, but I do.


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