Sen. John Ensign to resign under ethics investigation cloud


Dammit, he's taking the easy way out.

Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) will resign his seat, a source confirmed to The Hill.

The resignation could come as soon as Friday, according to Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston, who first reported the news.

Ensign is under a Senate Ethics Committee investigation over claims he violated ethics rules in the aftermath of an affair with Cynthia Hampton, the wife of his former top aide Doug Hampton, whom he helped obtain a lucrative lobbying job.

The committee ramped up its investigation earlier this year, but it would be dropped if Ensign is no longer a member of the Senate.

The resignation announcement started speculation that the committee was closing in.