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Report: Former Top Ensign Aide Subpoenaed By Ethics Committee

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He was intimately involved in the senator's scandal. After a meeting with Ensign, Slanker hired Doug Hampton, an ex-staffer and husband of Ensign's girlfriend whom Ensign had paid a hefty severance to, to work at his November, Inc., political consulting firm. Hampton struggled to find colleagues, and the gig only lasted a few months.

But Ensign had apparently lied to Slanker, telling him Hampton needed a job in Las Vegas rather than Washington because his wife was ill. He didn't mention the affair, but Slanker found out about it from Ensign's wife.