Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax was confronted with the specter of impeachment proceedings simply hours after a second girl accused the Democrat of sexual assault.
Patrick Hope, a fellow Democrat and member of the Virginia Home of Delegates, introduced Friday that he intends to introduce articles of impeachment towards Fairfax except he resigns by Monday.
“On Monday, I will probably be introducing articles of impeachment for Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax if he has not resigned earlier than then,” Hope wrote on Twitter.
A lawyer for accuser Meredith Watson stated in an announcement that Fairfax raped his shopper in 2000 once they have been college students at Duke College. The lawyer known as the assault “premeditated and aggressive.”
The primary girl to accuse Fairfax of sexual misconduct, Vanessa Tyson, claims that incident occurred through the 2004 Democratic Nationwide Conference in Boston.
VIRGINIA LT. GOV. JUSTIN FAIRFAX’S ACCUSER RELEASES STATEMENT DETAILING SEXUAL-ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS
Fairfax has denied the allegations towards him. He stated Friday that they have been a part of a smear marketing campaign towards him and doesn’t intend to resign.
Virginia has been engulfed by a current collection of racial scandals involving Gov. Ralph Northam and Lawyer Basic Mark Herring, each Democrats, over their use of blackface whereas in faculty. Each males have signaled they don’t have any intention of resigning — regardless of calls to resign from a bunch of Democrats with nationwide profiles.
The allegations towards Fairfax have additionally prompted requires him to go away his submit as effectively. Late Friday, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., wrote on Twitter that Fairfax “can not successfully serve the Commonwealth.”
“We can’t ever ignore or tolerate sexual assault,” wrote Kaine, who was Hillary Clinton’s operating mate within the 2016 presidential election.
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Plenty of different top Virginia Democrats have additionally known as for Fairfax to resign, together with members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus.
“In gentle of the latest sexual assault allegations towards Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus believes it’s best for Lt. Governor Fairfax to step down from his place,” the caucus stated in an announcement.