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Cross-posted from my blog
I used my second post on this blog to comment on Sen. John Ensign’s affair, and Sen. Coburn’s involvement in it. At that time, I said “Dr. Tom Coburn (R-OK), has said that he will not testify about advice he may have given Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) on Sen. Ensign’s affair. Sen. Coburn cites religious counseling and patient confidentiality protections.” I also noted that “Dr. Coburn is an OB/GYN,” and took a light-hearted jab at Sen. Coburn; “…what, exactly, he would be treating Sen. Ensign for?”
Well, the Senate Ethics Committe has released the Public Report Preliminary Inquiry into the matter of Sen Ensign and it seems the good doctor couldn’t keep his word – or hide behind confidentiality protections.
Over at the Daily Kos, blue aardvark has an article quoting juicy bits of the report, building a case for the investigation of Sen. Coburn. I’ll quote the conclusion:
I would say there is considerable evidence that Senator Coburn made false statements to the Senate Ethics committee – his testimony contradicts that of other witnesses at several points. There is also evidence that he was part of arranging illegal payments which were supposed to be in the millions of dollars.
Tom Coburn ought to have an investigation of his own.
Sen Ensign has resigned, and the Agence France-Presse is reporting that he may face criminal charges.