Former Senate aide Doug Hampton has been indicted on charges that he violated conflict of interest laws — over allegations that he contacted his former boss, Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), in violation of the chamber’s “revolving door” rules — the Justice Department announced Thursday.
Hampton, who served as Ensign’s administrative assistant, is charged with seven counts of violating conflict of interest laws. He is scheduled to be arraigned March 31 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The Senate Ethics Committee has been investigating Ensign since at least October 2009, and in February it announced it had hired a special counsel to take over the case. The committee has not identified the focus of its investigation, but Ensign has faced allegations that he tried to cover up an affair with Hampton’s spouse, Cynthia Hampton, who was also an Ensign campaign staff member. The Senator first acknowledged the affair in June 2009.