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May 27, 2010 | By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau
After delivering a floor speech against the financial overhaul bill last week, Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) walked out of the Capitol into the spring sunshine and spoke optimistically of getting back to raising money for his reelection campaign — never mind the looming ethics cloud stemming from his admitted affair with an aide. Days earlier, the scene couldn't have been more different when another member of Congress, Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.), stood grim-faced behind a lectern and resigned his seat after admitting to an affair with a part-time staff member.
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May 26, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Senate Ethics Committee publicly admonished Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) for improperly meeting with a lobbyist and former aide to Sen. John Ensign, the Nevada Republican who resigned from the Senate after having an affair with the aide's wife. The qualified reprimand for violating the ban on meeting with former staff-turned-lobbyists falls short of a censure or criminal violation. But the committee said it was "improper conduct" for Coburn to meet with Douglas Hampton, the former aide who tried to work as a lobbyist after the affair forced him out of Ensign's office.
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October 11, 2009 | Ashley Powers
Politically speaking, Sen. John Ensign of Nevada is about as battered as it gets. The Republican senator in June acknowledged an extramarital affair with a campaign aide, who was married to his best friend, who has castigated Ensign in television interviews as a shameless Lothario. In recent days, after the New York Times reported on Ensign's efforts to silence his mistress' husband, Doug Hampton, the Senate ethics committee launched an investigation and talk surfaced of a possible FBI inquiry.
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May 13, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
Senate investigators found evidence that former Nevada Sen. John Ensign may have violated the law during a sex and lobbying scandal that led to his downfall, according to a Senate Ethics Committee report released Thursday. In a document that details betrayal from the Las Vegas suburbs to the power corridors of Washington, the ethics panel accused the former senator of making false or misleading statements to election regulators, conspiring to help an aide violate the law, accepting illegal campaign contributions and engaging in potential obstruction of justice.
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June 24, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Sen. John Ensign of Nevada apologized to his Republican Senate colleagues after revealing last week that he had an affair with a campaign staffer and resigning from the GOP leadership. "He . . . apologized and indicated that he was going to do his job," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said.
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October 2, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Sen. John Ensign's former mistress and her husband sought an $8.5-million settlement from him before the affair became public, the New York Times reported. Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, a friend of Ensign, acted as an intermediary in negotiations last spring with the lawyer for Cynthia and Doug Hampton before Ensign publicly admitted the relationship with Mrs. Hampton, the Times said. Coburn reportedly called $8.5 million "ridiculous." The Times said the lawyer then asked for $2 million, which Ensign rejected.
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August 20, 2009 | Associated Press
Sen. John Ensign said Wednesday that his affair with a friend's wife was different from former President Clinton's relationship with a White House intern because he didn't lie about it under oath. "I haven't done anything legally wrong," the Nevada Republican told the Associated Press in an interview. "President Clinton stood right before the American people and he lied to the American people," Ensign said. "You remember that famous day he lied to the American people, plus the fact I thought he committed perjury.
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April 28, 2011 | By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
Rep. Dean Heller was appointed Wednesday to replace Nevada's scandal-stained Sen. John Ensign, giving Republicans a leg up on a seat both sides are eyeing as vital to control of the Senate after 2012. The selection of Heller by his fellow Republican, Gov. Brian Sandoval, was no surprise. Heller had announced plans to run for Ensign's seat in 2012, and the governor was quick to endorse him. The appointment came less than a week after Ensign abruptly announced his resignation amid a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into corruption charges arising from an extramarital affair and payments made to a former aide.
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February 1, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON-- The Senate ethics committee has hired a prominent Washington attorney to investigate allegations against Sen. John Ensign, a sign that it is stepping up its probe into how the Nevada senator dealt with the fallout from his extramarital affair with a senior aide's wife. Carol Elder Bruce, a well-known Washington trial attorney and a former assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, has been named special counsel in the ethics investigation, committee Chairwoman Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.
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March 8, 2011 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
Dogged by an extramarital affair, a Senate ethics investigation and lackluster fundraising, Nevada Sen. John Ensign announced Monday he would retire in 2012. The two-term Republican said he wanted to spare his family from an "exceptionally ugly" race that was sure to rehash Ensign's dalliance with his top aide's wife. "There are consequences to sin, and when you're in a leadership role, those consequences can affect a lot of other people," he said. Ensign spoke at the same Las Vegas courthouse where he apologized in 2009 for the affair with the wife of Doug Hampton.
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April 28, 2011 | By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
Rep. Dean Heller was appointed Wednesday to replace Nevada's scandal-stained Sen. John Ensign, giving Republicans a leg up on a seat both sides are eyeing as vital to control of the Senate after 2012. The selection of Heller by his fellow Republican, Gov. Brian Sandoval, was no surprise. Heller had announced plans to run for Ensign's seat in 2012, and the governor was quick to endorse him. The appointment came less than a week after Ensign abruptly announced his resignation amid a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into corruption charges arising from an extramarital affair and payments made to a former aide.
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April 22, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli and Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
Nevada Sen. John Ensign, facing an ethics investigation stemming from his affair with a campaign aide, will resign Friday, his office announced. The senator's decision was met with a collective sigh of relief — and little surprise — in his home state, where Ensign's scandals have dominated headlines for nearly two years. Ensign, a Republican, had announced in March that he would not seek a third term in 2012, saying he wanted to spare his family from an "exceptionally ugly" campaign.
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March 8, 2011 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
Dogged by an extramarital affair, a Senate ethics investigation and lackluster fundraising, Nevada Sen. John Ensign announced Monday he would retire in 2012. The two-term Republican said he wanted to spare his family from an "exceptionally ugly" race that was sure to rehash Ensign's dalliance with his top aide's wife. "There are consequences to sin, and when you're in a leadership role, those consequences can affect a lot of other people," he said. Ensign spoke at the same Las Vegas courthouse where he apologized in 2009 for the affair with the wife of Doug Hampton.
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March 7, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Lisa Mascaro, Ashley Powers, Washington Bureau
Nevada Sen. John Ensign, facing an ethics investigation stemming from an affair with a campaign aide, said Monday he would not seek reelection because he wanted to spare his family from an "exceptionally ugly" campaign. "At this point in my life, I have to put my family first," Ensign told reporters at a news conference in Las Vegas. Just two months into the 112th Congress, Ensign is the eighth Senate incumbent to opt out of running for a new term, out of 33 seats up in 2012.
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February 1, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON-- The Senate ethics committee has hired a prominent Washington attorney to investigate allegations against Sen. John Ensign, a sign that it is stepping up its probe into how the Nevada senator dealt with the fallout from his extramarital affair with a senior aide's wife. Carol Elder Bruce, a well-known Washington trial attorney and a former assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, has been named special counsel in the ethics investigation, committee Chairwoman Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.
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May 27, 2010 | By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau
After delivering a floor speech against the financial overhaul bill last week, Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) walked out of the Capitol into the spring sunshine and spoke optimistically of getting back to raising money for his reelection campaign — never mind the looming ethics cloud stemming from his admitted affair with an aide. Days earlier, the scene couldn't have been more different when another member of Congress, Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.), stood grim-faced behind a lectern and resigned his seat after admitting to an affair with a part-time staff member.
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April 22, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli and Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
Nevada Sen. John Ensign, facing an ethics investigation stemming from his affair with a campaign aide, will resign Friday, his office announced. The senator's decision was met with a collective sigh of relief — and little surprise — in his home state, where Ensign's scandals have dominated headlines for nearly two years. Ensign, a Republican, had announced in March that he would not seek a third term in 2012, saying he wanted to spare his family from an "exceptionally ugly" campaign.
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October 11, 2009 | Ashley Powers
Politically speaking, Sen. John Ensign of Nevada is about as battered as it gets. The Republican senator in June acknowledged an extramarital affair with a campaign aide, who was married to his best friend, who has castigated Ensign in television interviews as a shameless Lothario. In recent days, after the New York Times reported on Ensign's efforts to silence his mistress' husband, Doug Hampton, the Senate ethics committee launched an investigation and talk surfaced of a possible FBI inquiry.
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