VA. Lt. Gov. Fairfax Calls on FBI to Investigate Sexual Assault Allegations

VA. Lt. Gov. Fairfax Calls on FBI to Investigate Sexual Assault Allegations

VA. Lt. Gov. Fairfax Calls on FBI to Investigate Sexual Assault Allegations

"Mr. Fairfax's attack was premeditated and aggressive", her lawyers said. According to the statement, the two were friends but not in a romantic relationship.

"The legacy of slavery, racism and the Jim Crow era remains an albatross around the necks of African Americans", said a statement from the state assembly's powerful Black Caucus, which like the NAACP has urged Northam to stand down. "They are not", she said.

Party elders Sen. Mark Warner and Rep. Bobby Scott said Fairfax should resign if the allegations against him were true. "It is demonstrably false".

".I can not agree with a description of events I know is not true", he wrote.

The development further complicates Fairfax's side of the story, which began with flat denial before he called for the FBI to investigate the women's claims. "Such an investigation will confirm my account because I am telling the truth".

On Saturday night, the lieutenant governor signaled no intention to resign and defended himself against the claims.

Fairfax, now, for the first time admits sexual contact with Ms. Watson, but now claims that it was "consensual".

I believe and trust that due process will provide the fairness, justice and honesty that is necessary.

GettyVirginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax accused of sexually assaulting a second woman. Tyson says Fairfaix, then a law student working as an aide to Democratic vice-presidential nominee John Edwards, forced her to perform oral sex. Fairfax has said encounters with his accusers in 2000 and 2004 were consensual and has asked the FBI to investigate. "He needs to address this as a private citizen".

For Whitehead, though, the impulse to oust him stems from a bandwagon mentality, and weakens Democrats at a time of rising racial violence - linked by critics to incendiary rhetoric by Trump.

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The allegations have surfaced in the harsh glare of the national spotlight, which was initially drawn to Virginia by a separate controversy involving Gov. Ralph Northam.

In the days that followed, the two women leveled serious accusations against Fairfax, while Herring acknowledged his use of blackface.

After the second allegation was made Friday, Fairfax - the second African-American to ever win statewide office- was barraged with demands to step down from top Democrats, including a number of presidential hopefuls and most of Virginia's congressional delegation.

I really don't get why Ralph Northam or his comms team thinks it helps him to communicate in public.

The seemingly weird euphemism immediately drew criticism and mockery, yet some tried to defend the embattled governor noting he was "technically" correct to call that particular group "indentured servants", because the term "slavery" was only introduced in Virginia state laws in 1661.

The scandals have become a full-blown crisis for Virginia Democrats. "And I think he's lost the confidence of the people in order to be able to do that", said Wexton, one of three Democrats who flipped GOP-held House seats in Virginia in November. On Friday, she took that statement a step further.

But Meredith Watson has.

"Well I know Attorney General Herring well, as I do Lt. Gov. Fairfax, and you know we have all grown", Northam said. He also made clear he does not intend to immediately resign.

"Virginia deserves a governor that knows the folks who were stolen from their land & brought to present day Virginia on cargo ships in 1619 were not "indentured servants" they were mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, leaders, warriors, elders who were captured & enslaved".

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