Ensign Charged, Coburn Named Collaborator
Following a 22 month investigation, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, chaired by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Vice Chair Johnny Isakson (R-GA), released a report yesterday, supported unanimously by the bipartisan committee of three Democrats and three Republicans, that former Nevada Senator John Ensign violated Senate rules, broke federal law, made false statements to the Federal Election Committee, and engaged in sex discrimination. According to the report, "there is substantial credible evidence that Senator Ensign discriminated on the basis of sex and engaged in improper conduct reflecting upon the Senate by terminating the Hamptons' [Douglas Hampton, Ensign's Chief of Staff, and his wife Cindy] employment because of the [sexual] affair" with Cindy.
Moreover, the Ethics Committee found that Ensign attempted to thwart the Ethics Committee's preliminary inquiry, demonstrated improper conduct, and violated laws governing campaign finances. The Ethics Committee investigation also revealed anti-women's rights and so-called pro-family Senator Tom Coburn's (R-OK)
involvement and collaboration in the cover-up of Ensign's affair. Both Senators Ensign and Coburn were residents at C-Street, a right wing so-called religious organization where several Republican leaders were revealed to be in sexual scandals.