Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax calls for investigation into sexual assault allegations

10 February, 2019, 15:40 | Author: Carlos George
  • Virginia power crisis escalates with 2nd woman accusing Democrat Lt. Governor of rape

"It's been a horrific week for Virginia".

Lt. -Gov. Justin Fairfax, the state's second-highest elected official, faces the prospect of impeachment proceedings at the hands of another Democrat next week after two women separately accused him of sexual crimes, including rape.

"We are confident that once the Virginia legislature hears Dr. Tyson's harrowing account of this sexual assault, the testimony of many corroborating witnesses, and evidence of his attempts to mislead the public about The Washington Post's decision not to run a story in 2018, it will conclude that he lacks the character, fitness and credibility to serve in any capacity", the statement said.

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said the "allegations against Justin Fairfax are serious and credible", and he can "no longer serve the people of Virginia as Lieutenant Governor". It all started when someone discovered Governor Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook which featured a. questionable picture.

"It is obvious that a vicious and co-ordinated smear campaign is being orchestrated against me".

He said Tyson told him oral sex in particular brought back painful memories of her childhood trauma. Any accusation made through the student disciplinary process would be protected by student privacy laws, and Schoenfeld said the university couldn't comment or release further information.

"There are ongoing inequities to access to things like education, health care, mortgages, capital, entrepreneurship". Watson allegedly told Adams that the assault happened at a fraternity house: "She said she couldn't speak, but she was trying to get up and he kept pushing her down". So I think there's a big difference between the governor of Virginia and President Trump, or a modern-day racist like Steve King who manages to keep his job. He said his experience puts him in a good position to explore the issue of "white privilege" and to pursue an agenda of racial reconciliation.

Northam said he has begun reading up on racial issues, starting with Ta-Nehisi Coates' powerful Atlantic magazine piece "The Case for Reparations" and Roots by Alex Haley. He said he has reflected on his own origins and tried to confront his lack of understanding.

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He told the Post that conversations this week with black state lawmakers, who are among those calling for him to resign, helped him better understand the history and hurtfulness of blackface, which he has admitted using in 1984 to portray Michael Jackson at a dance contest.

"I overreacted", he said.

Asked later what Northam meant by saying "medical school and San Antonio", spokeswoman Ofirah Yheskel said he misspoke - that he meant in medical school in San Antonio, where he did his residency. Fairfax, like Northam, said he's not going anywhere.

And American political life continued to be everything we've come to expect.

But he said that reflection has convinced him that, by remaining in office, he can work to resolve them.

Always cautious and low-key, Northam expressed no desire for radical action. "Our school looks at it that way and we'll do whatever we can to make sure that we answer whatever questions are posed to us". I also plan to reach out to our colleges and universities and talk about sensitivity training. "I didn't find out about it until late last night, and I have no knowledge about it", Krzyzewski said in the postgame press conference. It has been an especially devastating time for the great Commonwealth of Virginia.

Expanding Medicaid a year ago was a good start, he said, but state government needs to be aggressive about enrolling residents.



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