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Investigative Reporter Jonathan Humbert

I-Team: Details Come to Light in Sen. Ensign Probe

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LAS VEGAS -- New details have been released in the growing federal investigations into the actions of Nevada Senator John Ensign.

Both the Senate Ethics Committee and the Department of Justice want to know what Senator Ensign and his staff did to get Doug Hampton jobs. He is Ensign's former staffer and the husband of the senator's mistress.

Several people have been subpoenaed as a part of the investigation. They have to hand over emails, messages and conversations they had with the senator.

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Political rainmaker Sig Rogich has been served with a subpoena from the Ethics Committee. Rogich helped Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons get to Carson City, the elder President Bush in White House, and he's helping Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stay in Washington.

Another familiar name is Pete Ernaut, a former Nevada Assemblyman and public relations guru with R&R Partners. He has been asked by the Senate Ethics Committee for information.

NV Energy is also involved. Doug Hampton eventually did work for the company as a lobbyist, getting the job, admittedly, with the help of Ensign.

NV Energy would not directly acknowledge being subpoenaed, but said in a statement, "Because there is an active investigation we are unable to comment but as we have said all along, we will cooperate with any federal review."

Executives at card companies eCommLink, Selling Source and Pay Card USA have been served by the grand jury. Emails reveal Ensign's group pushed multiple tech companies for money.

John Lopez, the former Chief of Staff for Ensign, has also been served with subpoenas.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has also been subpoenaed. That group wanted the tech companies to give tens of thousands of dollars in exchange for help.

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Others have been served, or likely will be served, like NV Energy and Allegiant Air, another Hampton client. The company did not confirm papers have been served to them. Also, P2SA, a development company has been linked to Ensign's efforts.

All these companies and people are not suspected of any wrongdoing. Investigators simply want to know how far Ensign and Hampton might have gone to secure jobs.

Many of the federal agencies involved are being tight-lipped, but they have cast a wide net.

Some of the people subpoenaed will appear before the grand jury at the end of the month. From there, depending on the testimony and evidence, the Senate and the DOJ will have to decide if it's time for prosecution.

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