Coburn also said he won't reveal -- even as part of a Senate ethics probe or legal proceeding -- what he told Ensign during the now-famous February 2008 confrontation over the affair, because he was acting in his capacity as a doctor and a deacon.
I was counseling him as a physician and as an ordained deacon. ... That is privileged communication that I will never reveal to anybody. Not to the Ethics Committee, not to a court of law, not to anybody.
When asked how he got involved, Coburn said: "Ya'll don't know about all the people I've counseled."