Politico adds John Lopez, former chief of staff to Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., to the list of folks reported to have received subpoenas from the Senate Ethics Committee, which is investigating allegations of illegal or unethical actions by Ensign as he sought to cover up an extramarital affair with former employee Cindy Hampton.
So far former Ensign consultant Mike Slanker and officials at NV Energy, a Nevada utility, are reported to have received subpoenas for documents.
Enisgn is alleged to have helped Doug Hampton, Cindy Hampton’s husband and also a former Ensign employee, violate lobbying rules that restrict former Senate employees from lobbying their old offices. Doug Hampton says the alleged violations were part of an effort by Ensign to get Hampton out of the office by lining up work for him in the private sector.
NV Energy is one of the companies for which Hampton worked. Allegiant Travel Company is another. Officials at Allegiant Travel Company haven’t stated whether they’ve been handed subpoenas.
Here’s a link to the story about the first subpoenas.
And a follow up story about Slanker’s reported subpoena.