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PoliticsJustin Fairfax accuser speaks out as Va. Democrats end calls for impeachment

16:46  20 february  2019
16:46  20 february  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax could face articles of impeachment Monday

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax could face articles of impeachment Monday The second accusation of sexual assault against Fairfax has prompted one lawmaker to threaten impeachment proceedings against the lieutenant governor.

Virginia House Democrats are deferring to law enforcement officials to carry out their investigation Democrat Patrick Hope had threatened to introduce articles of impeachment against Fairfax , telling "I am frustrated by calls for an investigation rather than a public hearing into these matters," she said.

RICHMOND, Va . — Justin E. Fairfax ’s refusal to resign as lieutenant governor of Virginia in the face of two allegations of sexual assault has presented Democrats with an excruciating choice: whether to impeach an African-American leader at a moment when the state’s other two top leaders, both white

Justin Fairfax accuser speaks out as Va. Democrats end calls for impeachment© Logan Cyrus/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax has been accused of sexually assaulting two women. Virginia House Democrats are deferring to law enforcement officials to carry out their investigation into accusations that Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted two women. This comes after a delegate in the Virginia legislaturebacked down from calls he made to impeach Fairfax.

Democrat Patrick Hope had threatened to introduce articles of impeachment against Fairfax, telling reporters that there is "no question that violent sexual assault qualifies as an impeachable high crime." Hope said that he had drafted language for his colleagues as a first step to take action against the lieutenant governor.

Virginia delegate plans to introduce articles of impeachment against Fairfax

Virginia delegate plans to introduce articles of impeachment against Fairfax Virginia delegate Patrick Hope has outlined his plans to offer up articles of impeachment against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. In an email to his House Democratic colleagues, Hope says he plans to file a resolution first thing Monday morning that lists the reasons he believes that Fairfax's conduct warrants removal from office. The embattled lieutenant governor of Virginia was accused by two women of sexual assault, including rape by one of the women. Fairfax released a statement on Saturday acknowledging both interactions with the women, but said both instances were consensual.

RICHMOND, Va . — A second woman has accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault, triggering calls for his resignation and impeachment “The allegations against Justin Fairfax are serious and credible. It is clear to me that he can no longer effectively serve the people of Virginia as

Tyson said that Fairfax , now the number-two leader in Virginia , forced her to perform oral sex in She has also spent years advocating for victims of sexual assault and has spoken openly about being Mr. Northam faces calls for his resignation after a racist photo in his medical school yearbook emerged

But the Virginia House Democrats said in a statement on Tuesday that they believe the investigation into Fairfax should "proceed unencumbered and outside the political arena." They reiterated their calls for Fairfax to resign, but added "we are willing to work in a bipartisan manner with members of the General Assembly on a path forward."

Lawyers for one of Fairfax's accusers, Meredith Watson, slammed the Democrats in a statement, saying "Apparently, the Virginia House Democratic Caucus believes that courageous victims of rape need to be heard — just not by them. Ms. Watson is counting on the General Assembly to do the right thing and hold hearings now. These nonstop efforts to duck their role is pure cowardice. Sympathy is welcome, but action is needed."

Fairfax staffers resign as Virginia lieutenant governor battles sexual assault allegations

Fairfax staffers resign as Virginia lieutenant governor battles sexual assault allegations Several staff members working for Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) have resigned amid two accusations of sexual assault that have been brought against him. The Washington Post and The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday that two government staffers to Fairfax as well as two employees at his political action committee have resigned. The government staffers who resigned are policy director Adele McClure and scheduling director Julia Billingsly. The employees from the political action committee who quit are Dave Mills and Courtney McCargo.

Justin Fairfax of Virginia denied an allegation that he once committed sexual assault in 2004. Mr. Fairfax asserted that the woman had subsequently called him and said she wanted him to meet her The New York Times has reached out to intermediaries for the woman who made the allegation, but

"The allegations against Justin Fairfax are serious and credible. It is clear to me that he can no longer effectively serve the people of Virginia as Lieutenant Bobby Scott calling for an investigation. The Virginia Senate Democrats issued a statement Friday night calling on Fairfax to resign.

In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Watson said since coming forward with details of her encounter with Fairfax, during which she claims he had raped her while they were students at Duke in 2000, she has "endured relentless scrutiny of my personal life and an unending, bitter flood of hurtful misinformation trumpeted by the media." Watson said despite the legislature's "inaction," she's still willing to testify publicly under oath.

"I am frustrated by calls for an investigation rather than a public hearing into these matters," she said. "Such 'investigations' are secret proceedings, out of the public eye, leaving victims vulnerable to selective leaks and smears. And we all know how such investigations end: with 'inconclusive results.'"

According to staffers within the Virginia Democratic caucus, once lawmakers adjourn this weekend, they are expected to return to Richmond for a "reconvened session" on  April 3 to take up vetoes from the governor and amendments. It's possible they could also address the Fairfax controversy again at this time or they could be called back for a special session. That would be up to the Speaker of the House, Republican Kirk Cox.

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Democrats end calls for impeachment . The Democratic caucus is urging law enforcement to carry out an investigation into allegations against Justin Fairfax "outside the political arena." “ Democrats can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation

Democrats called for investigation, not resignation, after Vanessa Tyson accused Justin Fairfax of sexual assault earlier this week.

Officials stress that "nothing is off the table" in terms of impeachment proceedings, but for now they want to see how things develop with law enforcement first.

Fairfax remains adamant about staying in office, saying that he would not resign and instead has called on "all appropriate and impartial investigatory authorities, including the FBI, to investigate fully and thoroughly the allegations against me."

The Democrat was first accused of sexually assaulting Vanessa Tyson at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, where he allegedly forced her to perform oral sex on him. Days later, Watson came forward with her own allegations.

CBS News' Nikole Killion contributed to this report.

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