• June 16, 2009: Ensign publicly admits to the affair.
• June 19, 2009: Ensign’s spokesman confirms to the AP that Ensign helped Doug Hampton get a job at Allegiant Air after the affair ended and Hampton left Ensign’s office - “just as he has done for many other staff members.”
• July 9, 2009: Good-government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) calls for a criminal investigation into payments made by Ensign to Cindy Hampton, based on Doug’s new allegations.
• July 9, 2009: In a statement from his lawyer, Ensign admits the payments made by his parents, saying they didn’t violate any campaign-finance or tax laws.
• July 9, 2009: Sen. Coburn denies Hampton’s claim that Coburn urged Ensign to pay “restitution” to the Hamptons for the affair. Coburn says he counseled Ensign over the affair as a “physician” and “ordained deacon,” and therefore won’t reveal anything further about what he said, even as part of a criminal investigation.
Research assistance by Versha Sharma