March 25, 2011

Former Ensign aide indicted for improper lobbying

The wheels of justice keep turning:

Sen. John Ensign's former administrative assistant, whose wife had an affair with the senator, was indicted Thursday for allegedly lobbying Ensign and his staff in violation of federal conflict of interest laws.

Douglas Hampton is charged in connection with lobbying he did on behalf of a Las Vegas airline company and an energy company.

Federal law prohibits a senior Senate aide from lobbying the Senate for one year after terminating employment.

As others have said, this is basically Hampton getting charged for what he hoped to bring Ensign down with.