Sens. John Ensign (R-Nev.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) are denying claims that Coburn urged Ensign to give millions of dollars to the husband of his mistress in order to make the problem go away.Doug Hampton, the husband of Ensigns former mistress, Cynthia and a former top aide and close friend to the Nevada Senator Wednesday evening alleged that Coburn proposed paying off Hamptons home debt during a confrontation orchestrated by Hampton that involved Coburn, Ensign and other members of the C Street prayer house, a home where a number of Christian Senators and House Members live.Coburn has denied making such a suggestion.Ensign has also denied those allegations. In response to todays television interview, Senator Ensign said Doug Hampton was consistently inaccurate in his statements, Ensign spokesman Tory Mazzola said late Wednesday.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.