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Ensign's parents paid off mistress

The parents of Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., gave $96,000 last year to the staffer who was his mistress and to her family, supposedly "out of concern for the well-being of longtime family friends during a difficult time." The payments roughly coincide with the resignation of the staffer and her husband, who has Ensign's chief of staff, the Washington Post reported. Ensign  had denied that he provided any severance payments or other financial assistance for the couple _ which, I guess, is technically true.