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.

16 Responses to "DOJ Serves Subpoenas in Ensign Sex/Work Scandal"
Knut | Thursday March 18, 2010 12:47 pm 1

IOKYAR. Is that still true, or are we really in a new regime?

fucknoclass | Thursday March 18, 2010 12:47 pm 2

They should be busy serving Geithner and the lot of his co-conspirators with subpoenas.

Seymour Friendly | Thursday March 18, 2010 12:50 pm 3

Geithner should be getting a subpoena along with G-S and other bank executives. Las Vegas and Nevada are basically a casino and nightlife operation, with some ranching on the outskirts. Nobody should be surprised about any ethics quibbles coming out of Las Vegas. In most states the entire city of Las Vegas and everyone in it would be considered a vast black market based on gambling and the sex industry. The DOJ needs to focus on bank assholes.

Synoia | Thursday March 18, 2010 01:05 pm 4

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

How would he know? He’s in Congress.

Synoia | Thursday March 18, 2010 01:07 pm 5
In response to Seymour Friendly @ 3

I do believe that Las Vegas, Sodom & Gomorrah are in the same league.

“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” So true, check your wallet.

readerOfTeaLeaves | Thursday March 18, 2010 01:07 pm 6

I’ll say this for Lady Karma; the gal has a wonderful, wildly funny sense of humor.
So DoJ is after political extortion via political extortion to protect the flagrant profiteering of eComm?
It just doesn’t get much better than that… ;-)))

ShotoJamf | Thursday March 18, 2010 01:10 pm 7
In response to fucknoclass @ 2

Copy that.

ShotoJamf | Thursday March 18, 2010 01:29 pm 8
In response to Seymour Friendly @ 3

Look at the Shiny Vegas Thing!!

(Pay no attention to the WS banker criminals.)

runfastandwin | Thursday March 18, 2010 01:30 pm 9

I dunno, I love a juicy sex coverup for money blackmail scandal involving sanctimonious republics like Ensign, regardless of what else I think the FBI ought to be doing. We need entertainment too, right?

Teddy Partridge | Thursday March 18, 2010 01:35 pm 10

Ensign won’t last the month.

RepackRider | Thursday March 18, 2010 01:39 pm 11

Hampton. The guy’s name is Hampton, not Hamilton.

ThingsComeUndone | Thursday March 18, 2010 01:39 pm 12

Best news of the day Lisa thanks.:)

Loo Hoo. | Thursday March 18, 2010 01:40 pm 13

Wow. The NRSC has been subpoenaed.

Seymour Friendly | Thursday March 18, 2010 01:50 pm 14
In response to ShotoJamf @ 8


earlofhuntingdon | Thursday March 18, 2010 04:05 pm 15

It ought to be demonstrably clear that C Streeter John Ensign’s definition of “something wrong” is hopelessly compromised.

mattcarmody | Thursday March 18, 2010 06:03 pm 16

I wonder when Tom Coburn gets his subpoena re: moving the hush money to Hampton. Take down all those self-righteous asswipes.

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