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Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax to face impeachment

09 February, 2019, 07:35 | Author: Ted Wilson
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"Ms. Watson shared her account of the rape with friends in a series of emails and Facebook messages that are now in our possession".

She says she was friends with Mr Fairfax while they studied at Duke University, but that they never had a romantic relationship.

"For these reasons, we believe that Justin Fairfax can not continue to serve as Lt. Governor Of Virginia, and should step aside".

Earlier in the week, Vanessa Tyson, a professor of political science at Scripps College, came forward with an allegation that Justin Fairfax had sexually assaulted her in 2004, while they were at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. The rape is described as "premeditated and aggressive".

Lt. Governor Fairfax has also shown exceptionally poor judgment in his handling of these allegations.

Watson is not seeking financial damages and has alerted Fairfax through her legal team that she would like him to resign, the statement adds. Fairfax denied that accusation. He said the latest accusation, that he had raped a fellow student at Duke University in 2000, was "demonstrably false" and declared he would not step down.

"As one of seven working on a 359-page yearbook, I can not endorse or associate myself with every photo, entry, or word on each page", Norment wrote, adding that he did not appear in or take any of the photos in question. "I will not resign", he said in a statement, calling for a full investigation and noting he has already passed FBI background checks. I have passed two full field background checks by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and run for office in two highly contested elections with nothing like this being raised before.

"I believe these women, and I believe it is time for the lieutenant governor to resign", he said. "Only then did I notice that he had unbuckled his belt, unzipped his trousers, and taken out his penis". "To be very clear, I did not want to engage in oral sex with Mr. Fairfax and I never gave any form of consent", Tyson said in the statement.

Under the state constitution, the speaker of the House of Delegates, Republican Kirk Cox, 61, is third in line to succeed the governor.

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"The allegations against Justin Fairfax are serious and credible". We are brokenhearted that the actions of Governor Northam and Attorney General Herring have reopened old wounds left by Virginia's long history of slavery, Jim Crow segregation, and systemic racism.

The statement demands for Fairfax's "immediate resignation" due to the "alleged assault and his vicious attacks on Tyson" being "disqualifying for a public servant". Like he is smearing Dr. Vanessa Tyson, Mr. Fairfax is now smearing Ms. Watson.

At this point, I think we should believe the women, as the saying goes.

Later in the day, the governor issued a statement to government employees, saying, "You have placed your trust in me to lead Virginia forward - and I plan to do that".

"Fairfax should resign his office", Harris tweeted Friday night.

Northam has faced widespread calls to step down over after his medical school yearbook page with a racist photo surfaced last week.

The revelation about one of Virginia's most powerful Republicans comes as the state's Democratic governor and attorney general are facing calls to resign over their own admissions they wore blackface as young men.

All three politicians have avoided resigning, so far, despite the scandals plunging Richmond and Virginia politics into chaos.

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