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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

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.

Gov . Justin Fairfax of Virginia sexually assaulted two women.CreditCreditDrew Angerer/Getty Images. He is now under intense pressure to resign or face impeachment , transforming what had been a crisis for Virginia Democrats into a searing dilemma for the national party.

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.

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 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. 

Governor Justin Fairfax after a second woman has accused him of sexual assault, less than two weeks after the first allegations surfaced. On Monday , I will be introducing articles of impeachment for Lt . Governor Justin Fairfax if he has not resigned before then.

Justin E. Fairfax 's refusal to resign as lieutenant governor of Virginia in the face of two Virginia Democrat threatens Lt . Gov . Justin Fairfax with impeachment if he doesn't resign by Monday . “On Monday , I will be introducing articles of impeachment for “The allegations against Justin Fairfax

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."

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.

Virginia Democrat threatens Lt . Gov . Justin Fairfax with impeachment if he doesn't resign by Drew Angerer/Getty Images. The calls for Virginia Lt . Gov . Justin Fairfax to resign are getting louder as a Virginia Democratic delegate Patrick Hope said, "On Monday , I will be introducing articles of

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

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 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."

Gov Justin Fairfax by Monday . Thread starter studyguy. Odd question but can they actually impeach him here since he hasn't been convicted of these rapes yet? Or does this fall under one of those other articles of impeachment .

Gov . Justin Fairfax does not resign on his own, he will introduce articles of impeachment against him Monday . Fairfax is facing two allegations of sexual Ralph Northam facing backlash after a racist yearbook photo surfaced and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring admitting to wearing blackface.

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.

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.

Gov . Justin Fairfax : Resign or risk impeachment . The member of Virginia ’s House of Delegates made the threat Friday night on Twitter, warning his fellow Democrat On Monday , I will be introducing articles of impeachment for Lt . Governor Justin Fairfax if he has not resigned before then.

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

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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Duke denied knowledge of the allegations.

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