Federal investigators have issued subpoenas to the National Republican Senatorial Committee for documents relating to Sen. John Ensign's (R-Nev.) tenure there, the committee confirmed Thursday.
The subpoenas, part of a widening investigation by federal authorities into Ensign, come at a bad time for Senate Republicans, who want to focus their energies on defeating Democrats' health care legislation.
"It is a distraction ... but there's not much more [Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)] can do," a senior GOP aide said, noting that the GOP leadership has no way to force Ensign out of office.
It is official. Subpoenas are now being issued in the John Ensign affair, where Ensign is accused of having an affair with a staffer, while using his office to steer business towards her family, and then offering hush money to keep the affair quiet, in violation of Federal laws.
While some of us will be glad to see Harry Reid defeated, we must not let that distract us from our desire to also see Ensign go. Douchebags are douchebags, and the letter after the name should never override ethics.
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