Senate Panel Asks DOJ To Reopen Ensign Probe

Law360, New York (May 12, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT) -- The Senate Ethics Committee recommended on Thursday that the U.S. Department of Justice reopen its investigation into former Sen. John Ensign, accusing the Nevada Republican of violating lobbying and campaign finance laws in connection to an extramarital affair with an aide's wife.

The committee's special counsel found evidence that Ensign, who resigned from the U.S. Senate on May 3, the day before the start of his sworn deposition, conspired to help the aide, Doug Hampton, skirt a one-year lobbying ban for former staff, made misleading statements...
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