May 12, 2011

CREW: Ensign Must be Prosecuted

John EnsignWashington, D.C. –Today, the Senate Ethics Committee released its full report on the case against former Senator John Ensign (R-NV).  The committee found substantial evidence the former senator broke numerous laws, and referred the matter to the Department of Justice and Federal Election Commission for further review. 

Click here to see the committee’s full report.

In response to the events, CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan issued the following statement: 

“It is encouraging to see the Senate Ethics Committee agrees with what CREW has said from the beginning: Senator John Ensign broke the law and he should be prosecuted.  Throughout the entire ordeal, Senator Ensign insisted that he did nothing wrong; what a surprise, he lied again. The ball is now back in DOJ’s court, but its recent track record for taking on politicians has been abysmal. It is puzzling how DOJ, armed with the full might of the legal system, was unwilling or unable to reach the same conclusions as the ethics committee.  Perhaps this report will give DOJ the spine it so clearly lacks, and the courage to finally take on Senator Ensign.” 

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