03/27/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

John Ensign to Face Senate Ethics Panel Investigation

The Senate Ethics Committee will continue its investigation of Sen. John Ensign's affair with an ex-staffer, despite a nascent Justice Department probe into the Nevada Republican.

Unlike those of its House counterpart, the Senate Ethics Committee's rules do not formally bar the panel from taking up a case in which the Justice Department or other law enforcement agency is involved. But the Senate committee does traditionally stand aside in such instances.

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