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Husband of Ex-Mistress Sought Cash, Ensign Says

By Paul Kane and Howard Kurtz Washington Post Staff Writers Saturday, June 20, 2009

Three days after confessing an extramarital affair with a campaign aide, Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) yesterday accused his former mistress's husband of trying to extract a financial payout from the Nevada Republican.

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Ensign's office released a statement Friday charging that Douglas Hampton sought a large payment from Ensign, although the senator's office refused to say how much money Hampton was seeking and whether there had been any negotiations over a payout.

"Within the past month, Doug Hampton's legal counsel made exorbitant demands for cash and other financial benefits on behalf of his client. Doug Hampton's outrageous demand was referred to Senator Ensign's legal counsel, who is handling the matter going forward," Tory Mazzola, Ensign's spokesman, said in a statement provided to several media outlets.

The formal statement from Ensign's office followed a whisper campaign carried out by the senator's allies over the past several days about what prompted the Nevada Republican's revelation that he had an affair last year with Cynthia L. Hampton, who had served as the treasurer of his various political committees.

The Ensign and Hampton families were lifelong friends, living in the same Las Vegas-area neighborhood.

"I have no comment on anything," Daniel Albregts, the Hamptons' attorney, said in a brief interview yesterday. Albregts has said the Hamptons are weighing how to respond to the Ensign statement.

On Tuesday, Ensign announced that he had an affair with an unnamed former campaign staffer whose husband was also a top Senate staffer, while his staff provided enough background information to clearly identify the couple as the Hamptons. Both sides have said the affair began in December 2007. In April 2008, Ensign and his wife, Darlene, separated. At that time, Doug and Cynthia Hampton abruptly left Ensign's offices.

The Ensigns reconciled last July, but, according to statements from both families, the senator's affair with Cynthia Hampton continued into August.

According to the statement Ensign's office issued yesterday, Doug Hampton's lawyer approached Ensign's lawyer last month about a financial settlement. Mazzola today declined to address several issues left unclear in that statement, including when the senator rejected the financial request from Hampton. Ensign's office has also declined to say whether the senator -- hailing from a family of

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multimillionaires in the casino industry -- ever made payments to the Hamptons from personal funds after they stopped working for him.

According to congressional and Federal Election Commission records, the Hamptons received modest sums from Ensign's official accounts as they left his employ. Cynthia Hampton received payments covering her regular work, and Doug Hampton received an additional $6,000, which Ensign's office has said was back pay for unused vacation time.

Ensign's office, however, said the decision to publicly reveal the affair was not driven by the request for money. An aide said Ensign decided to go public after learning that Hampton had written to Fox News with the details of the affair, asking that network undertake an investigation into Ensign's affair with his wife. In the letter, Hampton suggested he wanted to file a lawsuit against the senator.

Mazzola would not say how the senator or his aides came to learn of Hampton's outreach to Fox News, only that once they were alerted to it, Ensign quickly returned home and sought to announce the affair on his own terms.

"Doug Hampton first approached the media. He approached a major television news channel before Tuesday. We learned of this fact before the press conference," Mazzola said.

Fox, meanwhile, was left with its own explaining to do yesterday after it was revealed that the network passed on the chance to publicize the allegations about Ensign's affair.

After the Nevada Republican acknowledged the affair Tuesday, a Fox producer failed to tell his bosses that he had the letter from Douglas Hampton, and Fox never reported it. The Las Vegas Sun disclosed the letter's contents Friday.

"Sometimes a ball gets by," said Tom Lowell, senior producer of Fox's "American Newsroom." "This one got by." It was, he said, "my mistake."

Hampton had written to the program's co-anchor, Megyn Kelly, saying he was not giving the information to any other news outlet. Lowell said his primary concern was protecting Kelly, who "has any number of people who have stalked her."

Fox says it never received the letter that Douglas Hampton says he mailed to Kelly, but it was later attached to an e-mail that the network received at 12:21 p.m. Monday.

"The unethical behavior and immoral choice of Senator Ensign has been confronted by me and others on a number of occasions over this past year," Hampton wrote. "In fact one of the confrontations took place in February 2008 at his home in Washington DC with a group of his peers. One of the attendee's [sic] was Senator Torn Coburn from Oklahoma as well as several other men who are close to the Senator. Senator Ensign's conduct and relentless pursuit of my wife led to our dismissal in April of 2008. I would like to say he stopped his heinous conduct and pursuit upon our leaving, but that was not the case and his actions did not subside until August of 2008."

Coburn is among those living in a group house with Ensign on Capitol Hill.

Hampton wrote that he has "great respect and affection for Fox News .... I could have sought the most liberal, Republican hating media to expose this story, but there are people's lives at stake and justice is about proper process as well as outcome. Senator Ensign has no business serving in the US Senate

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anymore!"

News organizations often struggle with questions of whether to pursue allegations of sexual impropriety by politicians. When ABC reported in 2006 that then-representative Mark Foley had sent sexually explicit messages to teenage House pages, several news organizations later acknowledged they had received, and declined to investigate, one of the milder messages.

Lowell said Hampton called the Fox booking desk before sending the e-mail Monday. "He seemed evasive," Lowell said. "His entire focus seemed to be talking to Megyn." Kelly asked whether she should call Hampton, Lowell recalled, but he said the network should do more research first.

"As the day went on, it fell off my radar," Lowell said. When he heard the next day that Ensign had scheduled a news conference, "at that point I realized there might be credibility to these claims .... Should I have paid a little more attention to this e-mail? Sure."

After the news conference, Lowell passed Hampton's contact information to his Washington bureau but did not send the letter or show it to senior Fox executives, who have expressed unhappiness at not being informed. "The letter was an allegation of an affair," Lowell said. "I don't know that it would have shined a light on anything new."

The letter also captures the anger of Ensign's former aide and friend, who says the senator's actions "have ruined our lives and careers and left my family in shambles."

Staff writer James V Grimaldi contributed to this report.

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THE SENATOR'S SCANDAL:

Text of Doug Hampton's letter to Fox News

Fri, Jun 19,2009 (2 a.m.)

Editor's note: Doug Hampton, the husband of Cynthia Hampton, who had an affair with Sen. John Ensign, explains in a letter to a Fox News Channel anchorwoman, Megyn Kelly, how the senator's affair with his wife has "completely ruined" the couple's lives.

The letter is dated June 11,2009. Its text follows in full and is published without any corrections to its grammar or spelling.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009 Fox News- Corporate Office

1211 Avenue of the America's (sic) New York, New York 10036

Megyn Kelly,

More than any time in my life I understand why people take matters into their own hands. I am disheartened! I have sought wise counsel, tried to do the right thing and continue to run into road blocks (sic) in dealing with a very terrible circumstance and injustice that lives in my life. I am hoping you and Fox News can help.

My name is Doug Hampton. I am a former employee of US (sic) Senator John Ensign. I worked for Senator Ensign in his official government office on Capitol Hill from November 2006 to April 2008. My responsibilities were the oversight of his personnel in Washington as well as the state of Nevada. Duties included budgets, policy and public speaking on behalf of the Senator and his initiatives.

Here is my story. In December of2007 in the midst of some very difficult personal issues that deeply impacted my family and marriage, Senator Ensign pursued and engaged in a relationship with my wife. Our families were lifelong friends, our children attend school together to this day, and our homes are in neighborhoods across from each other. My wife was the Senator's campaign treasurer.

There is a tremendous amount (sic) of details and critical facts associated with this story and their relationship that will not be addressed in this letter but are very important and need to be further explored if you choose to meet with me. The purpose of this letter is to establish the framework for discussion and provide enough information to warrant a meeting with you and Fox News. This is the only letter of its kind and no other news stations have been contacted with this information. I have great respect and affection for Fox News and many of your collages (sic). I'm sending this to you because you have a legal back ground (sic) and this story has several legal elements.

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The unethical behavior and immoral choice of Senator Ensign has been confronted by me and others on a number of occasions over this past year. In fact one of the confrontations took place in February 2008 at his home in Washington DC (sic) with a group of his peers. One of the attendee's (sic) was Senator Tom Coburn from Oklahoma as well as several other men who are close to the Senator. Senator Ensign's conduct and relentless pursuit of my wife led to our dismissal in April of 2008. I would like to say he stopped his heinous conduct and pursuit upon our leaving, but that was not the case and his

. actions did not subside until August of 2008.

The actions of Senator Ensign have ruined our lives and careers and left my family in shambles. We have lost significant income, suffered indescribable pain and emotional suffering. We find ourselves today with an overwhelming loss of relationships, career opportunities and hope for recovery. Our pursuit of justice continues to place me and my family in harm's way as we fear for our well being (sic ).

Today, Senator Ensign's responsibility and stature have increased within the US (sic) Senate. His is currently the head of "Policy" for the Republican Party, the number four position within the Parties (sic) leadership team. We on the other hand are completely ruined and left to deal with the aftermath of very evil and completely unjustifiable acts by one of our countries (sic) top leaders.

It appears there may be nothing the law can do to correct and bring justice and restitution to (sic) this terrible wrong that has been done to us. I have sought a number of lawyers who are having difficulty finding charges that may hold up in court. There are either technicalities that exist due to the time period in which I have sought help, or other nuances that quite frankly make no sense to me given the egregious acts and blatant abuse of power by Senator Ensign. From my perspective this whole nightmare is terribly wrong and completely unacceptable and should not be tolerated.

I clearly understand this story is difficult to believe for anyone reading (sic) for the first time. I too would have difficulty believing it, if someone brought me this story. However I assure you it is true and there are facts, a paper trail, phone records and personal witnesses to testify to its truth. It is my belief we are dealing with a very powerful person and an institution in the US (sic) Senate that only the media can pierce to expose the wrong and bring light and focus to what needs to be done? (sic)

Please help me! This should not be how the leadership of our country should be allowed to behave. I need justice, help and restitution for what Senator Ensign has done to me and my family. Regardless of technicalities, regardless of position, regardless of power this cannot and should not be tolerated in our country from our trusted leaders. Will you help? Will you consider a meeting with me to further discuss this story and what can be done to bring justice and correction to this situation?

I love this country and considered it a great privilege to work in the US (sic) Senate. I am bringing this to you and Fox News to address this professionally and correctly. I could have sought the most liberal, Republican hating media to expose this story, but there are people's lives at stake and justice is about proper process as well as outcome. Senator Ensign has no business serving in the US (sic) Senate anymore! I will send you and (sic) email as well as leave you and your staff messages in an attempt to meet you and your team as soon as possible. I live and work in Nevada but can be in New York within hours, I look forward to your help.

Sincerely, Doug Hampton

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By Paul Kane

Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) tonight defended payments from his political and taxpayer-funded accounts to the woman he had an eight-month affair with, as well as the salaries of her husband and their 19-year-old son.

According to a memo issued by his office, Ensign's payments to the Hampton family were all above board. In the months during his affair with Cynthia Hampton, treasurer of his political committees, Ensign increased her pay.

When her husband left his legislative payroll, Douglas Hampton received an additional $6,000, according to records with the Federal Election Commission and the Senate.

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The Ensign office tonight said the additional payments to Doug Hampton were "equal to 12 days of unused vacation", not a severance package or any other form of payment to his former administrative assistant.

The Ensigns and Hamptons were close family friends from the same neighborhood in the Las Vegas area, whose children attended the same high school. Mrs. Hampton had long worked for his political committees from Las Vegas, but in November 2006 Doug Hampton moved to Washington to become a top adviser in Ensign's official, taxpayer-funded office.

Ensiqn's office offered no further explanation as to why he chose to reveal the affair with Cindy Hampton on Tuesday, after flying home to Las Vegas, where he has been ever since while missing legislative action in the Senate.

The Hamptons have retained a personal-injury lawyer based in Las Vegas, and have issued a statement admitting the affair. They've asked for privacy as they consider how to tell their side of the story.

The Ensign office statement, issued late Thursday, said the payments to Mrs. Hampton doubled in 2008 because of an increased amount of work responsibilities she took on for Ensign for Senate and his leadership political action committee, Battle Born PAC.

Earning $1,885 a month working as a consultant for both political committees in 2007, Mrs. Hampton doubled her pay by the end of January 2008. That increase was based on her taking on additional roles for direct mail and accounting for the re-election committee, as well as taking over as treasurer for Battle Born PAC in February 2008 after the previous treasurer was dismissed in an unrelated legal investigation, according to Ensiqn's office.

Upon announcing his affair with Cindy Hampton Tuesday, Ensign, through aides, revealed that it began in December 2007 and ran into August 2008.

Ensign and his wife, Darlene, separated in April 2008 and reconciled

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As the Ensigns were separating, Doug and Cindy Hampton left his political and legislative payrolls, according to Ensign's timeline and congressional records.

Ensign's aides tonight also defended the $1 ,OOO-a-month salary given to the Hamptons's son, Brandon, who worked last spring and summer as an intern at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, a nearly $100 million operation that Ensign chaired in 2007 and 2008.

"He came to D.C. when his high school classes were done, and it was known when he came on that it would be a temporary hire because he was going back to Las Vegas to attend college in the fall of 2008. John Ensign was not consulted as part of the decision to hire Brandon Hampton at the NRSC,"

Ensign's office statement said.

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And we ail know how much we can trust Ensign's word. right?

rne thinks i srnell a rat. ensign

could be his ship is starting to think once you have to defend yourseu regarding payments you mace from taxpayer funded accounts, you're In trouble

Posted by: 1riecb4061 .nme 19, 2009 1 :24

It's not surprismc. People in giass houses, even Senators, should not throw stones. He'll be fine - with time. Look at Gingrich, the ultimate hypocrite; who nov,' betrays (sorry, excuse me, portrays h.mself) as the spokesman for Republican purity. VV:'l8t a laugh. These are merely men, yes, but they should be accountable for what they say and what they do

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Ens[gn sounds like a real "Prorruse KeepE?Jr" to me. VVhat is tt about these evangelical Christians that makes so many of them be such Slimy, lying, corrupt, hypocritical rats, anyway?

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The hypocrisy of Mr Ensign is almost as disturbing as his betrayal of a dose Iamily friend. If a man will betray a friend, he wi!! betray anyone when it suits his purposes He simply cannot be trusted and should resign.

It seems to me this may not be that unusual in the hallowed halls..

Give the guy 8: break. Paying the husband for iettlng him have sex with his wife is reasonable

Give the guy a break. Paying the husband for letting him have sex with his wife IS reasonable.

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At least this scandal involves a white male Republican official sexing a "woman" Looks as though they've decided to move beyond the Larry Craig era

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By JIM RlITENll.ERQ and STEVE FRIESS

WASHINGTON - Senator J_ohn_En§ign of Nevada resigned his position as the fourth-ranking Republican leader in the Senate on Wednesday after publicly confessing to an extramarital affair with a former staff member.

It was another blow to his party, but one that Senate Republicans hoped would help shield the party's leadership from the senator's embarrassing marital issues.

Mr. Ensign, whose current term does not expire until 2013, will retain his Senate seat.

The news was announced midday Wednesday by the Republican leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who must now find a successor to Mr. Ensign as chairman of the Republican Senate Policy Committee, which helps set the party's legislative agenda.

"He's accepted responsibility for his actions and apologized to his family and constituents," Mr. McConnell said in a statement. "He offered, and I accepted, his resignation as chairman of the policy committee."

Republican officials said they were hopeful that Mr. Ensign, considered a future star of the party, would have enough time to make amends with voters in his home state and recoup some of his luster; before he announced his affair on Tuesday, he had been considered a potential contender for the presidency in 2012.

But Republican officials were also wary of potentially troubling signs that the issue would remain in the public realm for some time.

Late Wednesday, Daniel Albregts, a Las Vegas lawyer, said he was representing the woman with whom Mr. Ensign had the affair, his former political aide Cindy Hampton, and her husband, Doug Hampton, who served as an aide to Mr. Ensign in the Senate at the time of the affair.

In a statement, Mr. Albregts said, "It is unfortunate the senator chose to air this very personal matter, especially after the Hamptons did everything possible to keep this matter private."

"In time," he added, "the Hamptons will be ready and willing to tell their side ofthe story."

Mr. Albregts and the Hamptons did not respond to detailed messages asking about statements by people close to Mr. Ensign in Nevada and Washington that Mr. Hampton was seeking a large sum of money and that upon refusing him, Mr. Ensign decided to go public with the affair.

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A spokesman for the Federal Bureau ofInvestigQ.tion, Dave Staretz, said the bureau was not investigating the accusations.

A person close to Mr. Ensign's family, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the senator had confessed the affair to his wife many months ago and, upon reconciling with her and attending counseling, dismissed Ms. Hampton from his political team with a severance that he paid from his own pocket.

A spokesman for Mr. Ensign would not respond to a request for comment on the matter.

Officials at the National Republican Senatorial Committee had no comment on election records that showed that the Hamptons' son, Brandon Hampton, had worked at the committee as a researcher when Mr. Ensign was its chairman and during the same period as the affair.

FedeLgl El~ti_Q_J)~Commi~~_iQl1 records show he was paid $5,400 from March to August of 2008.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Ensign who was also at the committee at the time, Rebecca Fisher, did not return a call seeking comment.

Jim Rutenberg reported from Washington, and Steve Friess from Las Vegas.

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Timeline Suggests Ensign's Help For Hampton Was Hardly Routine By Zachary Roth - June J 9, 2009, J 2:31 PM

So as we told you earlier today, Senator John Ensign has now admitted that he helped Doug Hampton, the husband of the senator's girlfriend, find employment after both Hamptons left Ensign's office. Ensign's office pointed out that he has done the same thing "for many other staff members." That's almost certainly true -- it's hardly unusual.

But a close look at the timeline of l'affaire Ensign makes a few things clear:

First, that according to Doug Hampton, he had already confronted Ensign about the affair on several occasions dating back at least three months. So it would seem that the two men were hardly on good terms any longer.

And, that it also seems likely not just that the affair continued for a month after Ensign "reconciled with his wife," but more importantly, that it was continuing even when Ensign made those calls to try to get Doug Hampton a new job.

All this suggests that this was a far more sensitive matter than the usual situation where a supportive boss makes recommendation calls for a staffer who's moving on.

Take a look:

• Nov 2006: Ensign is easily reelected to the U.S. Senate from Nevada.

• Nov 2006: Ensign becomes chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, a key leadership post. His chief of staff, Todd Bensing, becomes the NRSC's executive director.

• Nov 2006: To replace Benzing, Ensign promotes senior aide John Lopez. But he also hires Doug Hampton -a close friend from Promise Keepers who had been working at the utility company Nevada Power -- as an "administrative assistant," and places him in charge of managing the Washington office, a job that would usually fall to the chief of staff. The move annoys more secular staffers -- including Lopez -- who question Hampton's credentials.

,2007: Cynthia Hampton, Doug's wife, is hired to work as treasurer for Ensign's Senate campaign. (Ensign wouldn't face reelection until 2012, but had already begun raising money.)

• Dec 2007: The affair between Ensign and Cynthia Hampton begins.

• Feb 2008: Cynthia Hampton also becomes treasurer of Battle Born PAC and the Ensign-affiliated Senate Majority Committee, after Christopher Ward, who had ben treasurer of both operations, is ousted amid an embezzlement scandal. Her pay doubles.

• Feb 2008: Doug Hampton confronts Ensign about the affair at Ensign's home. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and "several other men who are close to the senator" were present, according to Doug Hampton. (A spokesman for Coburn declined to comment to TPMmucraker.)

• March 2008: The Hampton's nineteen-year-old son, Brandon, receives his first payment from the NRSC.

• April 2008: Ensign and his wife Darlene separate.

• May 2008: Doug and Cynthia Hampton both leave Ensign's office and return to their home in Las Vegas. (According to county records, the Hamptons purchased the five-bedroom, 4,360-square-foot property in 2004

for $1.23 million. Zillow.com, a Web site than analyzes real estate information, now prices their home in Summerlin's Trails Village at $862,000.)

• May 2008: Doug Hampton starts working as a consultant at November Inc., a political consulting firm with close ties to Ensign.

• July 2008: John and Darlene Ensign reconcile.

• Aug 2008: The affair between Ensign and Cynthia Hampton ends.

• Aug 2008: Brandon Hampton receives his last payment from the NRSC.

• Aug 2008: Doug Hampton stops working at November Inc, according to Mike Slanker, the firm's founder. (But the Hill would report in December 2008 that Hampton was still "counsel" to November Inc. at that time, and that he would remain so.)

• Aug 2008: Doug Hampton is hired as a vice president of government affairs for Allegiant Air, a Las Vegas airline run by a major Ensign backer.

• Some time later: Brandon Hampton is hired by Allegiant as a call center representative.

• June 11,2009: Doug Hampton writes a letter to Fox News' Megyn Kelly, asking for her help in exposing Ensign's affair with Cynthia Hampton.

• June 16,2009: Ensign publicly admits to the affair.

There are still more questions than answers here. One interesting one: How did Ensign learn that Doug Hampton planned to go to a TV news channel about the affair? We hope to have more on that later today.

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June 18,2009 By John Stanton Roll Call Staff

Sen. John Ensign (Nev.) - once one ofthe GOP's rising stars - stepped down from his position as chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee on Wednesday as fallout from a sex scandal threatened to permanently knock him out ofleadership.

Ensign acknowledged Tuesday evening that he had an affair with a former campaign aide. The staffer is reportedly Cynthia Hampton, who is married to Ensign friend and former administrative assistant Doug Hampton.

The immediate aftermath has sent Ensign into seclusion in Nevada, and he is not expected to return to the Senate before the July Fourth recess, GOP aides said.

But a leadership race to replace Ensign as the NO.4 Republican in the Senate appears to have been averted, for now.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah) said Wednesday afternoon that he was interested in the post, which is being sought by Republican Conference Vice Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.). But Hatch declared himself out of that race a short time later.

In the long term, Republican aides said speculation about further disclosures from Ensign's private life, including an alleged blackmail scheme, put Senate Republicans on edge and could further erode his position with his colleagues and voters.

Publicly, most lawmakers sought to avoid commenting on the affair or Ensign's decision to step down from leadership.

''I'm just not going to comment on it. John has admitted what he's done. He's worked hard to build his marriage back in the last six months, and he's doing what he needs to do as a man," said Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who rooms with Ensign in a Christian-oriented group house in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Jim DeMint CR-S.C.) - who shares the same home - declined to comment directly on the affair, although he indicated Ensign's lawmaker roommates were not aware of the affair before his announcement.

"I don't want to get into that really. I certainly didn't know until yesterday what he announced. So I think everybody was surprised," DeMint said.

When they did speak about the affair, most Republicans tried to put a human face on the scandal, arguing that no one is perfect and that it is a largely personal matter.

"I'm certainly praying for the Ensign family. I understand the personal difficulties. They're certainly in all of our prayers," said Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who got caught up in the "D.C. Madam" prostitution scandal in 2007.

"Lord knows if we kicked everyone out of here for every mistake, we'd be short-handed forever," Sen. Saxby Chambliss CR-Ga.) said.

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But privately, Republicans worried about more repercussions. According to several Republicans, Ensign told colleagues and others close to him that he was the subject of a blackmail scheme because ofthe affair.

Ensign's office has declined to comment on whether he was extorted - and if so, whether he paid any funds to his blackmailer. But if he did, it could force the hand of the Ethics Committee to investigate how he made those payments.

Federal financial disclosure laws would not require him to list the payments as a liability in his financial disclosure forms, and he would likely be free to pay it out of his own pocket. However, the use of campaign funds as hush money is illegal. Any use of federal funds - if, for example, the blackmailer was a staffer or otherwise employed by the Senate - would also be illegal.

Additionally, if Ensign's father, who is a wealthy casino owner and developer in Nevada, arranged to finance any payments, that could be viewed as a gift under Senate rules.

Ensign has long been seen as one of the GOP's up-and-comers - a charismatic lawmaker who could carry the party's conservative message to independent voters.

Ensign was at the forefront of calls for former Sen. Larry Craig (R - Idaho) to resign after Craig pleaded guilty following a sex sting in a Minneapolis airport men's room, and he has been a strong supporter of anti-abortion and anti-gay-marriage legislation.

Although he has repeatedly denied eyeing higher office, Ensign recently made a trip to the presidential battleground state of Iowa and has used his position at the Policy Committee to build a national platform for himself.

Republican aides said that if the scandal is limited to the affair, history indicates he could recover at least some of his position. Several aides pointed out that Vitter's troubles did not weaken his position with his colleagues, while former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) is widely considered a viable candidate for the party's presidential nomination in 2012 - despite acknowledged affairs and having sought a divorce while his then-wife was in the hospital with cancer.

Republicans said it is too soon to gauge the political fallout from the scandal.

"I don't know. I think the future determines that. He is a bright young man, and lots of people make mistakes," Coburn said.

DeMint said he is unsure what effect the scandal will have on his long-term position within the party.

"I don't know. I really can't say. I think John Ensign is a great friend, and I think he is a great leader and obviously my hope is that he'll continue to serve in the Senate for a long time, so that's really up to the people of Nevada," DeMint said.

But DeMint acknowledged the credibility gap for politicians has widened over the past few years and that for members of a party that places as much emphasis on family values and morality as the GOP, the appearance of hypocrisy can be difficult to shake.

"All politicians have a credibility problem right now, and it's up to us to earn the trust of the American people ... and the thing is people don't like hypocrites. We've got to live up to what we say," he said.

Emily Pierce, Jessica Brady and David M. Drucker contributed to this report.

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EXHIBIT G

Ensign admits affair, claims extortion

MSNBC.com

Posted: Tuesday, June 16,20096:39 PM by Domenico Montanaro Filed Under: Congress, Republicans

From NBC's Chuck Todd, Ken Strickland and Domenico Montanaro

Republicans on Capitol Hill have been told that Nevada Sen. John Ensign will admit to an extramarital affair at his news conference at 6:30 pm ET in Nevada, according to Capitol Hill sources.

NBC News has confirmed that Ensign told other senators earlier today that the reason he decided to go public about the affair is that his ex -mistress was indeed trying to extort money out of him.

It's not clear if Ensign will make mention of this at the presser but it is what he's privately telling senators, according to Capitol Hill sources.

Per the Washington Post's Cillizza, who first reported the news, Ensign said in a statement: "I deeply regret and am very sorry for my actions."

Video: Rachel "~;faddow reports 0/1 Sen. John Ensign's, R-NV, admission that he had an extra-marital a(fair with a female campaign starter.

Cillizza also reports that the affair "was with a woman who worked for both Ensign's re-election campaign and his Battle Born leadership political action committee," that it "began in December 2007 and ended in August 2008. Ensign's wife, Darlene, said that the couple's 'marriage has become stronger' and added: 'I love my husband. "'

Politico reported, per a Nevada political insider "that Ensign began an affair with a staffer several months after he separated from his wife. When Ensign reconciled with his wife, the source said, he gave the aide a severance package and parted ways. Sometime later, the source said, Ensign met with the husband of the woman involved and had what this source described as a positive encounter. But the source said that the man subsequently asked Ensign for a substantial sum of money -- at which point Ensign decided to make the affair public."

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Ensign's office: Woman's husband approached media with story

By Lisa Mascaro (contact) Thu, Jun 18,2009 (1:50 p.m.)

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Ensign's office said today that the reason he went public about an affair with a former staffer that ended more than a year ago is because the woman's husband, a former top aide to the senator, had approached the media with the story.

Earlier reports have said that senator came forward because the couple, Cynthia Hampton, and her husband, Doug, had tried to extort the senator for hush money.

But the Las Vegas Sun reported today that neither the FBI nor Metro Police in Las Vegas are investigating any such claim.

Ensign's office declined to say today whether the Hamptons sought funds to keep quiet. But the office confirmed reports that the senator disclosed the affair Tuesday because it might be outed.

"Mr. Hampton first approached the media," Ensign's spokesman said bye-mail. ''He approached a major television news channel before Tuesday. We learned of this fact before the press conference."

Ensign held a press conference on Tuesday in Las Vegas to publicly acknowledge the affair.

The Sun was trying to reach the Hamptons' attorney today for comment.

The couple's Las Vegas attorney, Daniel Albregts, told the Sun Wednesday that "in time the Hamptons will be ready and willing to tell their side of the story." He said the couple did "everything possible to keep this matter private. "

Ensign's sudden acknowledgement of the affair with Cynthia Hampton, which occurred while she, her husband and their adult son were all on the senator's payroll, continues to create fallout in both Washington and Nevada.

The Ensign-backed Republican Renewal Project -- a political action committee in Nevada launched on Ensign's vision to rejuvenate the state's Republican Party after Democratic gains -- had been scheduled to host a fundraising BBQ Friday.

Ensign was to be the featured guest at the dinner, but it has been postponed, according to the Web site.

Ensign remains away from Washington, missing several votes, and is not expected to return until next week.

The Senate is scheduled to resume debate next week on a tourism bill important to Nevada that Ensign co-sponsored with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

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The Sun reported today that records show payroll payments to the Hampton family during the eight-month affair, which began in late 2007 and ended in August 2008.

Cynthia Hampton's salary doubled as she took over as treasurer for Ensign's leadership campaign account until she left in May 2008. Doug Hampton's final month's salary as a top aide at the senator's office was nearly $20,000 -- more than his normal pay at the $ 160,000-a-year-job, although the extra sum could have been for accrued sick or vacation time, or as a stipend.

The couple have not worked for Ensign since May 2008.

The couple's son, Brandon, was also on the payroll with a $l,OOO-a-month summer job at the National Republican Senatorial Committee in 2008, which Ensign chaired at the time.

The New York Times repOIied today that after Ensign reconciled with his wife and dismissed Cynthia Hampton, he paid her a severance out of his own pocket.

Ensign's office has declined to comment on the Hamptons' salaries, or any severance.

Doug Hampton took a job with Allegiant Air, a Las Vegas company whose CEO is a major Ensign supporter.

A news Web site reported today that Brandon Hampton is also now employed by a Allegiant Air. "Brandon Hampton, the 19-year-old son of Doug and Cynthia Hampton, works as a representative in the call center," the news website TPMmuckraker reported.

"And Doug Hampton became a vice president of government affairs for Allegiant in August 2008, according to the spokeswoman, Tyri Squyres."

Squyres told the Web site that Doug Hampton "was hired based on his experience and credentials."

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May 17, 1995 The attached Resolution for Investigation was unanimously adopted by the Senate Select Committee on Ethics on May 16,1995. MITCH McCONNELL, KENTUCKY, CHAIRMAN RICHARD H. BRYAN, NEVADA, VICE CHAIRMAN ROBERT SMITH, NEW HAMPSHIRE BARBARA MIKULSKI, MARYLAND LARRY CRAIG, IDAHO BYRON DORGAN, NORTH DAKOTA VICTOR BAIRD. STAFF DIRECTOR AND CHIEF COUNSEL ANNETTE M GILLIS. CHIEF CLERK United States Senate SELECT COMMITTEE ON ETHICS HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING, ROOM 220 SECOND AND CONSTITUTION AVENUE, NE. WASHINGTON, DC 20510-6425 TELEPHONE (202) 224- 2981 RESOLUTION FOR INVESTIGATION

Whereas, the Select Committee on Ethics on December 1, 1992, initiated a Preliminary Inquiry (hereafter "Inquiry") into allegations of sexual misconduct by Senator Bob Packwood, and subsequently, on February 4, 1993, expanded the scope of its Inquiry to include allegations of attempts to intimidate and discredit the alleged victims, and misuse of official staff in attempts to intimidate and discredit, and notified Senator Packwood of such actions; and Whereas, on December 15, 1993, in light of sworn testimony that Senator Packwood may have altered evidence relevant to the Committee's Inquiry, the Chairman and Vice-Chairman determined as an inherent part of its Inquiry to inquire into the integrity of evidence sought by the Committee and into any information that anyone may have endeavored to obstruct its Inquiry, and notified Senator Packwood of such action: and Whereas, on May 11, 1994, upon completion of the Committee staffs review of Senator Packwood's typewritten diaries, the Committee expanded its Inquiry again to include additional areas of potential misconduct by Senator Packwood, including solicitation of financial support for his spouse from persons with an interest in legislation, in exchange, gratitude, or recognition for his official acts; Whereas, the Committee staff has conducted the Inquiry under the direction of the Members of the Committee; and Whereas, the Committee has received the Report of its staff relating to its Inquiry concerning Senator Packwood; and Whereas, on the basis of evidence received during the Inquiry, there are possible violations within the Committee's jurisdiction as contemplated in Section 2(a)(1) ofS. Res. 338, 88th Congress, as amended: It is therefore Resolved:

r. That the Committee makes the following determinations regarding the matters set forth above: (a) With respect to sexual misconduct, the Committee has carefully considered evidence, including sworn testimony, witness interviews, and documentary evidence, relating to the following allegations:

(1) That in 1990, in his Senate office in Washington, D.C., Senator Packwood grabbed a staff member by the shoulders and kissed her on the lips;

(2) That in 1985, at a function in Bend, Oregon, Senator Packwood fondled a campaign worker as they danced. Later that year, in Eugene, Oregon, in saying goodnight and thank you to her, Senator Packwood grabbed the campaign worker's face with his hands, pulled her towards him, and kissed her on the mouth, forcing his tongue into her mouth;

(3) That in 1981 or 1982, in his Senate office in Washington, D.C., Senator Packwood squeezed the arms of a lobbyist, leaned over and kissed her on the mouth;

(4) That in 1981, in the basement of the Capitol, Senator Packwood walked a former staff assistant into a room, where he grabbed her with both hands in her hair and kissed her, forcing his tongue into her mouth;

(5) That in 1980, in a parking lot in Eugene, Oregon, Senator Packwood pulled a campaign worker toward him, put his arms around her, and kissed her, forcing his tongue in her mouth; he also invited her to his motel room;

(6) That in 1980 or early 1981, at a hotel in Portland, Oregon, on two separate occasions, Senator Packwood kissed a desk clerk who worked for the hotel;

(7) That in 1980, in his Senate office in Washington, D.C., Senator Packwood grabbed a staff member by the shoulders, pushed her down on a couch, and kissed her on the lips; the staff member tried several times to get up, but Senator Packwood repeatedly pushed her back on the couch;

(8) That in 1979, Senator Packwood walked into the office of another Senator in Washington, D.C., started talking with a staff member, and suddenly leaned down and kissed the staff member on the lips;

(9) That in 1977, in an elevator in the Capitol, and on numerous occasions, Senator Packwood grabbed the elevator operator by the shoulders, pushed her to the wall of the elevator and kissed her on the lips. Senator Packwood also came to this person's home, kissed her, and asked her to make love with him;

(10) That in 1977, in a motel room while attending the Dorchester Conference in coastal Oregon, Senator Packwood grabbed a prospective employee by her shoulders, pulled her to him, and kissed her:

(11) That in 1975, in his Senate office in Washington, D.C., Senator Packwood grabbed the staff assistant referred to in (4), pinned her against a wall or desk, held her hair with one hand, bending her head backwards, fondling her with his other hand, and kissed her, forcing his tongue into her mouth;

(12) That in 1975, in his Senate office in Washington, D.C., Senator Packwood grabbed a staff assistant around her shoulders, held her tightly while pressing his body into hers, and kissed her on the mouth;

(13) That in the early 1970's, in his Senate office in Portland, Oregon, Senator Packwood chased a staff assistant around a desk;

(14) That in 1970, in a hotel restaurant in Portland, Oregon, Senator Packwood ran his hand up the leg of a dining room hostess, and touched her crotch area;

(15) That in 1970, in his Senate office in Washington, D.C., Senator Packwood grabbed a staff

member by the shoulders and kissed her on the mouth;

(16) That in 1969, in his Senate office in Washington, D.C., Senator Packwood made suggestive comments to a prospective employee;

(17) That in 1969, at his home, Senator Packwood grabbed an employee of another Senator who was babysitting for him, rubbed her shoulders and back, and kissed her on the mouth. He also put his arm around her and touched her leg as he drove her home;

(18) That in 1969, in his Senate office in Portland, Oregon, Senator Packwood grabbed a staff worker, stood on her feet, grabbed her hair, forcibly pulled her head back, and kissed her on the mouth, forcing his tongue into her mouth. Senator Packwood also reached under her skirt and grabbed at her undergarments.

Based upon the Committee's consideration of evidence related to each of these allegations, the Committee finds that there is substantial credible evidence that provides substantial cause for the Committee to conclude that violations within the Committee's jurisdiction as contemplated in Section 2(a)(1) ofS. Res. 338, 88th Congress, as amended, may have occurred; to wit, that Senator Packwood may have abused his United States Senate Office by improper conduct which has brought discredit upon the United States Senate, by engaging in a pattern of sexual misconduct between 1969 and 1990. Notwithstanding this conclusion, for purposes of making a determination at the end of its Investigation with regard to a possible pattern of conduct involving sexual misconduct, some Members of the Committee have serious concerns about the weight, if any, that should be accorded to evidence of conduct alleged to have occurred prior to 1976, the year in which the federal court recognized quid pro quo sexual harassment as discrimination under the Civil Rights Act, and the Senate passed a resolution prohibiting sex discrimination in the United States Senate, and taking into account the age of the allegations.

(b) With respect to the Committee's inherent responsibility to inquire into the integrity of the evidence sought by the Committee as part of its Inquiry, the Committee finds, within the

meaning of Section 2(a)(1) of S. Res. 338, 88th Congress, as amended, that there is substantial credible evidence that provides substantial cause for the Committee to conclude that improper conduct reflecting upon the Senate, and/or possible violations of federal law, i.e., Title 18, United States Code, Section 1505, may have occurred. To wit: Between some time in December 1992 and some time in November 1993, Senator Packwood intentionally altered diary materials that he knew or should have known the Committee had sought or would likely seek as part of its Preliminary Inquiry begun on December 1, 1992.

(c) With respect to possible solicitation of financial support for his spouse from persons with an interest in legislation, the Committee has carefully considered evidence, including sworn testimony and documentary evidence, relating to Senator Packwood's contacts with the following persons:

(1) A registered foreign agent representing a client who had particular interests before the Committee on Finance and the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation;

(2) A businessman who had particular interests before the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation;

(3) A businessman who had particular interests before the Committee on Finance and the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation;

(4) A registered lobbyist representing clients who had particular interests before the Committee on Finance and the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation;

(5) A registered lobbyist representing a client who had particular interests before the Committee on Finance.

Based upon the Committee's consideration of this evidence, the Committee finds that there is substantial credible evidence that provides substantial cause for the Committee to conclude that violations within the Committee's jurisdiction as contemplated in Section 2( a)(l) of S. Res. 338, 88th Congress, as amended, may have occurred, to wit: Senator Packwood may have abused his United States Senate Office through improper conduct which has brought discredit upon the United States Senate by inappropriately linking personal financial gain to his official position in that he solicited or otherwise encouraged offers of financial assistance from persons who had a particular interest in legislation or issues that Senator Packwood could influence.

II. That the Committee, pursuant to Committee Supplementary Procedural Rules 3(d)(5) and 4(f)( 4), shall proceed to an Investigation under Committee Supplementary Procedural Rule 5; and

III. That Senator Packwood shall be given timely written notice of this Resolution and the evidence supporting it, and informed of a respondent's rights pursuant to the Rules of the Committee.

EXHIBIT J

FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION

In the matter of:

Senator John Ensign Ensign for Senate

Battle Born Political Action Committee

MURNo.

COMPLAINT

1. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington ("CREW") and

Melanie Sloan bring this complaint before the Federal Election Commission ("FEC")

seeking an immediate investigation and enforcement action against Senator John Ensign,

Ensign for Senate and the Battle Born Political Action Committee for direct and serious

violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act ("FECA").

Complainants

2. Complainant CREW is a non-profit corporation, organized under section

501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. CREW is committed to protecting the right of

citizens to be informed about the activities of government officials and to ensuring the

integrity of government officials. CREW is dedicated to empowering citizens to have

an influential voice in government decisions and in the governmental decision-making

process. CREW uses a combination of research, litigation, and advocacy to advance its

mISSIOn.

3. In furtherance of its mission, CREW seeks to expose unethical and illegal

conduct of those involved in government. One way CREW does this is by educating

citizens regarding the integrity of the electoral process and our system of government. Toward this end, CREW monitors the campaign finance activities of those who run for

federal office and publicizes those who violate federal campaign finance laws. Through its website, press releases and other methods of distribution, CREW also files complaints

with the FEC when it discovers violations of the FECA. Publicizing campaign finance

violators and filing complaints with the FEC serves CREW's mission of keeping the public informed about individuals and entities who violate campaign finance laws and deterring future violations of campaign finance law.

4. In order to assess whether an individual, candidate, political committee or

other regulated entity is complying with federal campaign finance law, CREW needs the information contained in receipts and disbursements reports that political committees must file pursuant to the FECA, 2 U.S.C. § 434(a)(2); 11 C.F.R. § 104.1. CREW is hindered in its programmatic activity when an individual, candidate, political committee or other regulated entity fails to disclose campaign finance information in reports of receipts and disbursements required by the FECA.

5. CREW relies on the FEC's proper administration of the FECA's reporting

requirements because the FECA-mandated reports of receipts and disbursements are the only source of information CREW can use to determine if a candidate, political committee or other regulated entity is complying with the FECA. The proper administration of the FECA 's reporting requirements includes mandating that all reports of receipts and disbursements required by the FECA are properly and timely filed with the FEC. CREW is hindered in its programmatic activity when the FEC fails to properly administer the FECA's reporting requirements.

6. Complainant Melanie Sloan is the executive director of Citizens for

Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a citizen of the United States and a registered voter and resident of the District of Columbia. As a registered voter, Ms. Sloan is entitled to receive information contained in reports of receipts and disbursements required by the FECA, 2 U.S.C. § 434(a)(2); 11 C.F.R. § 104.1. Ms. Sloan is harmed when a candidate, political committee or other regulated entity fails to report campaign finance activity as required by the FECA. See FEC v. Akins, 524 U.S. 11,

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19 (1998), quoting Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1,66-67 (1976) (political committees must disclose contributors and disbursements to help voters understand who provides which candidates with financial support). Ms. Sloan is are further harmed when the FEC fails to properly administer the FECA's reporting requirements, limiting their ability to review campaign finance information.

Respondents

7. John Ensign is a United States Senator representing the State of Nevada.

Ensign for Senate is Senator John Ensign's principal campaign committee. The Battle Born Political Action Committee is Senator John Ensign's leadership PAC.

Factual Allegations

8. Cynthia L. Hampton served as the treasurer of Ensign for Senate from

February 23,2007 until on or about May 20,2008. Ms. Hampton also served as treasurer of the Battle Born Political Action Committee from February 12,2008 until on or about May 20, 2008. On or about May 20, 2008, Ms. Hampton was terminated from her positions as treasurer of Ensign for Senate and the Battle Born Political Action Committee by Senator John Ensign. At some point thereafter, Senator John Ensign paid Ms. Hampton an unknown amount of money out of his own pocket as a severance payment in recognition of her termination as the treasurer of Ensign for Senate and the Battle Born Political Action Committee. See Rutenberg and Friess, After Affair, Senator Resigns Leadership Job, N. Y. Times, June 18, 2009 attached hereto as Exhibit A. The severance payment by Senator John Ensign to Ms. Hampton was not reported to the Federal Election Commission by either Ensign for Senate or the Battle Born Political Action Committee.

COUNT I

9. FECA defines the term "contribution" to include "any gift, subscription,

loan, advance, or deposit of money or anything of value made by any person for the purpose of influencing any election for Federal office." 2 U.S.C. § 431(8)(A)(i). The

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term also includes "the payment by any person of compensation for the personal services of another person which are rendered to a political committee without charge for any purpose." 2 U.S.C. § 431(8)(A)(ii). FEC regulations further define the phrase "anything of value" in 2 U.S.C. § 431(8)(A)(i) to include "all in-kind contributions." 11 C.F.R.

§ 1 00.52( d)(1). All political committees, including principal campaign committees and leaderships PACs, are required to report to the Federal Election Commission the identity of any person who makes a contribution, including an in-kind contribution, that exceeds $200 within a calendar year. 2 U.S.C. § 434(b)(3)(A); 11 C.F.R. § 104.13.

10. The severance payment by Senator John Ensign to Ms. Hampton

constituted an in-kind contribution by Senator Ensign to both Ensign for Senate and the Battle Born Political Action Committee. By failing to report this in-kind contribution, both Ensign for Senate and the Battle Born Political Action Committee violated 2 U.S.C. § 434(b)(3)(A) and 11 C.F.R. § 104.13.

COUNT II

11. FECA prohibits any individual, including the sponsor of a leadership

PAC, from contributing more than $5,000 in a calendar year to a leadership PAC. 2 U.S.C. § 441a(a)(1)(C). To the extent that the severance payment by Senator John Ensign to Ms. Hampton in recognition of her termination as the treasurer of the Battle Born Political Action Committee exceeded $5,000, Senator John Ensign violated 2 U.S.C. § 441a(a)(l)(C).

CONCLUSION

WHEREFORE, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and Melanie Sloan request that the Federal Election Commission conduct an investigation into these allegations, declare the respondents to have violated the Federal Election Campaign

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Act and applicable FEC regulations, and impose sanctions appropriate to these

violations and take such further action as may be appropriate.

Verification

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and Melanie Sloan hereby

verify that the statements made in the attached Complaint are, upon information and

belief, true.

Melanie Sloan

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After Affair, Senator Resigns Leadership Job

By JIM Rt[fEl,'iBERG and STEVE FRIESS

WASHINGTON - Senator Johl}.En§ign of Nevada resigned his position as the fourth-ranking Republican leader in the Senate on Wednesday after publicly confessing to an extramarital affair with a former staff member.

It was another blow to his party, but one that Senate Republicans hoped would help shield the party's leadership from the senator's embarrassing marital issues.

Mr. Ensign, whose current term does not expire until 2013, will retain his Senate seat.

The news was announced midday Wednesday by the Republican leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who must now find a successor to Mr. Ensign as chairman of the Republican Senate Policy Committee, which helps set the party's legislative agenda.

"He's accepted responsibility for his actions and apologized to his family and constituents," Mr. McConnell said in a statement. "He offered, and I accepted, his resignation as chairman of the policy committee."

Republican officials said they were hopeful that Mr. Ensign, considered a future star of the party, would have enough time to make amends with voters in his home state and recoup some of his luster; before he announced his affair on Tuesday, he had been considered a potential contender for the presidency in 2012.

But Republican officials were also wary of potentially troubling signs that the issue would remain in the public realm for some time.

Late Wednesday, Daniel Albregts, a Las Vegas lawyer, said he was representing the woman with whom Mr. Ensign had the affair, his former political aide Cindy Hampton, and her husband, Doug Hampton, who served as an aide to Mr. Ensign in the Senate at the time ofthe affair.

In a statement, Mr. Albregts said, "It is unfortunate the senator chose to air this very personal matter, especially after the Hamptons did everything possible to keep this matter private."

"In time," he added, "the Hamptons will be ready and willing to tell their side of the story."

Mr. Albregts and the Hamptons did not respond to detailed messages asking about statements by people close to Mr. Ensign in Nevada and Washington that Mr. Hampton was seeking a large sum of money and that upon refusing him, Mr. Ensign decided to go public with the affair.

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A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Dave Staretz, said the bureau was not investigating the accusations.

A person close to Mr. Ensign's family, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the senator had confessed the affair to his wife many months ago and, upon reconciling with her and attending counseling, dismissed Ms. Hampton from his political team with a severance that he paid from his own pocket.

A spokesman for Mr. Ensign would not respond to a request for comment on the matter.

Officials at the National Republican Senatorial Committee had no comment on election records that showed that the Hamptons' son, Brandon Hampton, had worked at the committee as a researcher when Mr. Ensign was its chairman and during the same period as the affair.

Eederal Electio!l COITuIlission records show he was paid $5,400 from March to August of 2008.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Ensign who was also at the committee at the time, Rebecca Fisher, did not return a call seeking comment.

Jim Rutenberg reported.from Washington, and Steve Friess from Las Vegas.

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