WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Ensign has made payments in the past month to attorneys for members of his staff who have been pulled into an investigation of his ethics conduct.
Documents filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission show checks were cut to three law firms not previously associated with investigations into allegations Ensign broke ethics laws in an attempt to cover up an extramarital affair.
Ensign, R-Nev., was flying to Las Vegas on Thursday night and aides said he could not be reached for comment.
In a statement issued through a spokeswoman, Ensign confirmed the payments were to lawyers representing aides who had retained counsel after being approached by authorities.
"Senator Ensign's campaign is paying for the legal bills accrued by staff as a result of cooperating with the ongoing ethics investigation," spokeswoman Jennifer Cooper said.
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