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May 22, 2015

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John Ensign: I did nothing ‘legally wrong’

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John Ensign

Nevada Sen. John Ensign says his affair with a friend's wife was different from former President Bill Clinton's affair because Clinton committed a felony when he lied about it to a grand jury.

The Nevada Republican told The Associated Press on Wednesday: "I haven't done anything legally wrong."

Ensign made the remarks before he was introduced to a standing ovation from about 100 people at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in rural Fernley.

He opened his speech by acknowledging what called a "distraction." He says he made a big mistake, is sorry and intends to work hard to win back the trust of Nevadans.

It was Ensign's first public appearance in the state since acknowledging in June that he had a monthslong extramarital with former campaign aide Cynthia Hampton.

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