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Justice Department stops investigating John Ensign

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By David A. Fahrenthold Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 1, 2010; 11:41 PM

The Justice Department has dropped its investigation of Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), who was under scrutiny for his efforts to keep secret his affair with a part-time staff member, Ensign's attorney said Wednesday.

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In a statement, attorney Paul Coggins said he was informed that federal investigators have "no plans" to bring charges against Ensign. They were investigating whether Ensign had done anything illegal while trying to get the woman's husband - also an Ensign staffer - lobbying work.

The Justice Department declined comment Wednesday.

On November 20, the Federal Election Commission dismissed a related complaint against Ensign, over a $96,000 payment Ensign's parents made to the mistress and her family. Ensign still faces an inquiry from the Senate ethics committee.

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