WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional committee says former Sen. John Ensign “created a web of deceit that entangled and compromised numerous people,” in a report sent to the Justice Department that could lead to prosecution of the Nevada Republican.

Ensign resigned May 3 rather than face a continuing Senate inquiry that could have included public hearings about his affair with Cynthia Hampton, a former campaign aide. She’s the wife of Douglas Hampton, who was Ensign’s co-chief of staff.

The former senator is also facing questions about a $96,000 payment from Ensign’s parents to the aide’s family.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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