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

18:52  10 february  2019
18:52  10 february  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Justin Fairfax, Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor, Denies Sexual Assault Allegation

Justin Fairfax, Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor, Denies Sexual Assault Allegation Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Virginia issued a statement Monday morning denying an unsubstantiated allegation of sexual assault that a right-wing media site published amid extraordinary political turmoil in the state that has raised the possibility of Mr. Fairfax becoming the next governor. Sign Up For the Morning Briefing Newsletter In a statement issued at 2:55 a.m., aides to Mr. Fairfax — a Democrat who has drawn national attention as Gov. Ralph Northam considers resigning over past racist behavior — said the allegation was “false” and that Mr. Fairfax had “never assaulted anyone — ever — in any way, shape or form.

Lt . Gov . Justin Fairfax on Sunday appeared headed on a political collision course with a little known state delegate from his own party who pledged to Patrick Hope said the state constitution "states very clearly that impeachment should be for high crimes and misdemeanors. There is no question that

The second accusation of sexual assault against Fairfax has prompted one lawmaker to threaten impeachment proceedings against the lieutenant governor .

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax on Sunday appeared headed on a political collision course with a little known state delegate from his own party who pledged to introduce articles of impeachment Monday if the 39-year-old Democrat refused to resign.

Fairfax is one of three top Virginia political leaders engulfed in an ongoing firestorm of scandal. Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring, also Democrats, admitted to wearing blackface at parties in the 1980s, while Fairfax faced more serious accusations of sexual assault he repeatedly has denied.

Virginia House Speaker calls on Fairfax to resign

Virginia House Speaker calls on Fairfax to resign House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox said in a statement that Justin Fairfax's ability to govern has been "permanently impaired."

Lt . Gov . Justin Fairfax of Virginia issued a statement Monday morning denying an unsubstantiated allegation of sexual assault that a right-wing Gov . Justin E. Fairfax of Virginia faced a wave of demands for his resignation on Friday night — and the threat of impeachment proceedings — after a

Democratic Party of Virginia wants Lt . Gov . Justin Fairfax out amid sexual assault claims. Gov . Justin Fairfax collapsed Saturday when the Democratic Party of Virginia called on him to resign One state legislator, Patrick Hope, a Democrat, has vowed to begin impeachment proceedings on

Del. Patrick Hope said the state constitution "states very clearly that impeachment should be for high crimes and misdemeanors. There is no question that violent sexual assault clearly qualifies as high crime."

Fairfax reaffirmed his innocence and his intention to remain in office on Saturday. He called for “space in this moment for due process" and for an FBI investigation. The FBI declined to comment.

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax could face articles of impeachment Monday© Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax presides over the Senate at the Virginia State Capitol, February 7, 2019 in Richmond, Virginia. Virginia state politics are in a state of upheaval.

Fairfax's statement came hours after the state Democratic Party joined the chorus of calls for his resignation. Chair Susan Swecker said that in light of the "credible nature" of the latest claims against Fairfax, "it has become clear that he can no longer fulfill the duties and responsibilities of his post."

Virginia lieutenant governor on sexual assault allegations: 'The interactions were consensual'

Virginia lieutenant governor on sexual assault allegations: 'The interactions were consensual' The embattled lieutenant governor of Virginia released a statement on Saturday, denying recent allegations of sexual assault and rape as the state continues to find its top Democratic leaders embroiled in scandal. "I say again without reservation: I did not sexually assault or rape Meredith Watson, Vanessa Tyson or anyone else," Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax said in the statement. Fairfax was accused by two women of sexual assault, including rape by one of the women. In his statement on Saturday, he acknowledges both interactions with the women, but says both instances were consensual.

A Virginia Democrat on Monday backed off plans to introduce an impeachment bill targeting Lt . Gov . Justin Fairfax (D), saying “additional conversations” are Shortly after Watson came forward Friday, Del. Patrick A. Hope (D-Arlington) said he would introduce articles of impeachment if Fairfax did not

Gov . Justin Fairfax was faced with the threat of impeachment proceedings just hours after a second woman accused the Democrat of sexual assault. "On Monday , I will be introducing articles of impeachment for Lt . Governor Justin Fairfax if he has not resigned before then," Hope wrote on

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus has also called for Fairfax to step down.

Fairfax, who would succeed Northam if the governor resigns, was accused last week of sexual assault by a former colleague at the Democratic National Convention in Boston in 2004. Fairfax strongly denied the charges made by Vanessa Tyson, a political science professor at Scripps College in California.

Lawyers for Fairfax's second accuser, Meredith Watson, released a statement days later saying Fairfax raped her while they were students at Duke University in 2000. Watson also said she would be willing to testify at an impeachment hearing.

Despite the calls for his resignation, only Hope has pledged to seek impeachment. Hope is a fifth-term delegate from Arlington, among the most liberal districts in the state. The health care lawyer and married father of three said that "as the father of three young girls I cannot stand by silently."

Virginia Lt. Gov.'s accuser willing to testify at impeachment hearings: lawyers

Virginia Lt. Gov.'s accuser willing to testify at impeachment hearings: lawyers Lawyers representing a college professor who alleged Virginia Lieutenant Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) sexually assaulted her say their client is willing to testify at impeachment proceedings or to cooperate with law enforcement in an investigation of her claims. 

RICHMOND, Va . (AP) — A Virginia lawmaker on Monday backed off his plans to swiftly introduce an The effort to impeach Democratic Lt . Gov . Justin Fairfax was prompted by the emergence of two Democratic Del. Patrick Hope said he wants to introduce articles of impeachment Monday

RICHMOND, Va . — Lt . Gov . Justin E. Fairfax of Virginia faced a wave of demands for his resignation on Friday night — and the threat of impeachment proceedings — after a second woman came forward to accuse him of sexual assault.

But with just two weeks left in the legislative session and the governor also battling to keep his job, it was not clear how far Hope's impeachment push would go.

The accusations against Fairfax came to light days after a photo of surfaced from Northam's page in a 1984 medical school yearbook, showing a man in blackface standing by a man dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit. Northam at first admitted he was in the photo, then denied it but acknowledged using blackface in impersonating Michael Jackson in a dance contest that same year.

Northam has refused widespread calls for his resignation. A poll conducted by the Washington Post and Schar School of George Mason University show 47 percent of Virginians want Northam to resign, while another 47 percent believe he should remain in office.

In his first interview since the scandal erupted, Northam told the Post Saturday that he had "overreacted" by putting out a statement taking blame for the picture. He said that an “independent investigation” being conducted by Virginia Medical School is aimed at establishing the facts in the case.

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.

Justin Edward Fairfax (born February 17, 1979) is an American politician and lawyer who has been serving since 2018 as the 41st Lieutenant Governor of Virginia . A member of the Democratic Party, he defeated Republican nominee Jill Vogel in the 2017 election.

Gov . Justin Fairfax , demanding that he step down immediately or face impeachment . “On Monday , I will be introducing articles of impeachment for Lt . “The allegations against Justin Fairfax are serious and credible,” tweeted former Virginia Gov . Terry McAuliffe. “It is clear to me that he can no

He said he wants to focus the rest of his term on racial equity.

'Horrific week in Virginia': Gov. Ralph Northam takes on blackface scandal in first interview

"This has been a real, I think, an awakening for Virginia," he told the Post. "It has really raised the level of awareness for racial issues in Virginia. And so we’re ready to learn from our mistakes.”

Shortly after the first accusation surfaced against Fairfax, Attorney General Mark Herring, a 57-year-old Democrat, volunteered that he had appeared in blackface at a party at the University of Virginia in the 1980s.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax could face articles of impeachment Monday

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