Sen. Ensign’s Parents Paid Mistress $96,000: Denies “Hush Money” Charges

July 9, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Last month Republican Senator John Ensign of Nevada, publicly admitted to a previous long-standing affair with ex-campaign staffer Cindy Hampton.

Now, with new revelations made by his mistresses’ husband Doug Hampton, during a recent interview with a Nevada reporter, Ensign has been forced to admit to making a payment of $96,000 to Cindy Hampton, after he ended the affair in 2008.

Even more embarrassing, the payment came from Ensign’s parents. “After the Senator told his parents about the affair, his parents decided to make the gifts out of concern for the well-being of long-time family friends during a difficult time,” said Paul Coggins, legal counsel to Ensign.

This payment was on top of the $25,000 “severance” payment to his Mistress, when she left his employ after the affair ended. Ensign denies that campaign or official funds were used to make any of the payments to his mistress.

“Senator Ensign has complied with all applicable laws and Senate ethics rules,” added Coggins

With the salacious details of Governor Mark Sanford’s affair getting all the attention, it looked like Sen. Ensign’s own adultery and sex scandal would fade from the headlines and be forgotten. But, these revelations of payments to his ex-Mistress have renewed the public interest in the sex scandal.

A handwritten letter of apology from Ensign to his Mistress has even emerged from the hands of Doug Hampton:

“This is the most important letter I’ve ever written,” Ensign wrote. “What I did with you was wrong. I was completely self-centered + only thinking of myself. I used you for my own pleasure, not letting thoughts of you, Doug [or the couples’ children] come into my mind…I betrayed everything I believed in and lied to myself over + over. I justified my actions because I blamed my wife.”

Doug Hampton further revealed that Republican Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, acted as a go between in discussions between Ensign and Doug Hampton that took place at a D.C. Christian fellowship facility, where Ensign, Coburn and several other lawmakers rent rooms.

Sen. Coburn had tried unsuccessfully over several moths to convince Ensign to end his extramarital affair. Any discussions involving a payment to Doug Hampton were characterized as a form of “restitution.”

Coburn denies he encouraged Sen. Ensign to pay the Hamptons millions of dollars, but won’t disclose if he participated in any sort of payment discussions with Sen. Ensign.

In any event, Coburn declined to reveal any details of the discussions about the sex scandal with Ensign, claiming that any discussions are confidential, because they were made in the capacity of a physician and spiritual counselor.

It seems more details of this newly developing scandal are sure to emerge.


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