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Ex-Ensign Aide Doug Hampton Reaches Plea Deal


A Senate Ethics Committee report found there was substantial and credible evidence that Ensign conspired to violate the post-employment lobbying restriction but he was never charged by the Justice Department. Ensign is currently working as a veterinarian.

A.J. Kramer, Hampton's public defender, did not immediately respond to TPM's requests for comment. Justice Department spokeswoman Alisa Finelli declined to comment.

Late update: Kramer told TPM that the agreement hasn't yet been signed but said it could happen next week.