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Ethics Committee Calls Ensign Resignation 'Appropriate;' Investigation Continues

Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The bipartisan Senate Ethics Committee released a statement Thursday on the impending resignation of Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., early next month.

The statement, issued from committee co-chairs Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., says that Ensign “made the appropriate decision” in resigning. But it also suggests that the Committee, which has been investigating him for 22 months, would continue and complete its work. The conventional wisdom is that once a member resigns, investigations stop. Apparently not in this case.
The full statement reads, “The Senate Ethics Committee has worked diligently for 22 months on this matter and will complete its work in a timely fashion. Senator Ensign has made the appropriate decision.”

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