Coburn: No Negotiation Over Ensign Affair

By Jennifer Parker

Nov 22, 2009 10:56am

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., told me flatly that he did not offer to broker a million-dollar deal between his Senate colleague, John Ensign, R-Nev., and the family of Ensign’s mistress.  

Doug Hampton, the husband of a staffer with whom Ensign had an affair, makes the explosive allegation in an interview with "Nightline’s" Cynthia McFadden that will air on Monday.  

Here’s what Hampton told McFadden: 

HAMPTON:  Tom Coburn said, "What I would do, Doug, if I were you, is I would have them buy your home, give you a million bucks so you can start over, and that is what I am willing to help you negotiate."
McFADDEN: And, what happened?
HAMPTON:  John said: "No can do, not going to happen."

When I asked Coburn on This Week if Hampton is telling the truth, he said, “There was no negotiation,” but acknowledged that he had worked to “bring two families to a closure of a very painful episode.”

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