DOJ Serves Subpoenas in Ensign Sex/Work Scandal

The Department of Justice has served subpoenas on six Las Vegas businessmen with ties to Nevada’s favorite GOPlayboy–the guy who put the “fun” in being a fundamentalist Christian, Senator John Ensign.

Las Vegas Now reports that on March 8 a two person team–a special agent from the FBI and a prosecutor from the Criminal Division, Public Integrity Section of the Department of Justice–descended on Sin City

to interview several prominent business and political figures in what appears to be a wide-ranging and deadly-serious criminal probe….

A parallel investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee has also generated subpoenas to Nevadans. Most of those subpoenaed by the grand jury were also subpoenaed by the Ethics Committee, but a few served by the Senate were not served by the DOJ.

The investigations center around scenario wherein various business were asked hire Doug Hampton, husband of Ensign’s sweetie Cindy, because in theory a job would make Doug keep his mouth shut about the senator’s affair with Cindy.   Additionally it appears at least one company was asked to make a nice financial donation to the GOP in exchange for Senator Ensign helping them out regarding pending legislation. Sleazy!

Las Vegas Now breaks it down:

Mike and Lindsay Slanker were hired by Ensign to run the fundraising effort for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Mike was also helping Doug Hampton get a job as a lobbyist while Lindsay arranged contributions to the GOP from eComm, a Nevada based pre-paid credit card company

Senator Ensign’s then-Chief of Staff John Lopez welcomed the opportunity to help a Nevada company. But sources say Ensign’s office quickly seized on the opportunity to get something in return.

Sources close to the situation say Ensign’s office warned eCommLink and others about pending prepaid card regulation and that donations and support could make those troublesome rules go away.

Ensign’s office wanted a lunch meeting and a fundraiser. Then he planned an office visit a few weeks later. Then the big push — more protection from regulation in exchange for a $28,000 contribution to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Majority Makers…Ensign’s people wanted someone, anyone, to hire Hampton as a lobbyist. Many companies declined.

Ensign of course says he has done nothing wrong legally or ethically.

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.