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John Ensign Announces Resignation [UPDATE]

WASHINGTON — Embattled Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) confirmed Thursday night that he will resign his seat amid an ethics probe.”It is with tremendous sadness that I officially hand over the Senate seat that I have held for eleven years,” Ensig…

WASHINGTON — Embattled Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) confirmed Thursday night that he will resign his seat amid an ethics probe.

“It is with tremendous sadness that I officially hand over the Senate seat that I have held for eleven years,” Ensign said in a statement. “The turbulence of these last few years is greatly surpassed by the incredible privilege that I feel to have been entrusted to serve the people of Nevada. I can honestly say that being a United States senator has been the honor of my life.”

Ensign was under investigation by the ethics committee and the FBI in the wake of an admitted sexual relationship with campaign aide Cindy Hoffman and accusations that he tried to steer lobbying business to her husband, Doug, a former Ensign top staffer.

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