U.S. Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) reported $551,000 in payments from his campaign fund to 12 different law firms in the third quarter of this year, and $118,000 to an e-discovery firm as the senator faces multiple ethics investigations.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Sunday that the uptick in payments results from an offer Ensign made to his staff, pledging to pay their legal fees if any of them get drawn into the ethics investigations. The Senate Ethics Committee and the U.S. Justice Department are investigating whether Ensign violated ethics rules or federal law in an attempt to cover up his affair with a woman who was then on his staff.
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Comment: If the repeal of the 17th Amendment occurred, Ensign would most certainly have been recalled by his state and a new US Senator would have been elected to serve Nevada. It would save the taxpayers of Nevada a tremendous amount of money and time (time is money) from being wasted by this deficient congress-critter having to go to 12 different law firms to protect his hind quarter, rather than doing what he is supposed to be doing, serving the people.