Accusers of Dem Va. Lt. Governor Willing to Testify for Impeachment

Second woman accuses Virginia's Lt Governor of sexual assault

Second woman accuses Virginia's Lt Governor of sexual assault

"I recognize that it will take time and serious effort to heal the damage this conduct has caused". "It is atrocious that he will be presiding over the Senate of Virginia today with these allegations".

In a CBS interview to be broadcast on Monday, Governor Ralph Northam said he had learned from the controversy that erupted on February 1 when a racist photo surfaced from his medical school yearbook, and that as a former pediatrician he could help Virginians heal. The embattled governor says he wants to spend the remaining three years of his term pursuing racial "equity".

Northam, who has so far resisted calls to resign, stirred up controversy on CBS This Morning Sunday after he initially referred to the Africans who landed on Virginia's shores hundreds of years ago as "indentured servants".

Northam, a pediatric neurologist, said in an interview Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" that he "wasn't going anywhere" and urged reconciliation.

A group of black clergy and community leaders is asking for a moratorium on the widespread calls for Virginia's governor and attorney general to resign over their admissions they wore blackface in the 1980s.

If the Legislature is in session, the House would need a simple majority to vote to impeach Fairfax, said A.E. Dick Howard, a University of Virginia law professor. "But he sacrificed so much of his ability to govern effectively".

Northam said he has had painful conversations this week with black lawmakers - who continue to call publicly for him to resign - about the issue of blackface, and why it was wrong for him to darken his face to portray Michael Jackson in a San Antonio dance contest in 1984, as he has admitted doing. Mark R. Warner and Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, say Fairfax should step down if the allegations are proven true, stopping short of an outright call for resignation.

"Also known as slavery", CBS's Gayle King interjected. And that's why I am not going anywhere.




In the interview, Fairfax reiterated his call for the Federal Bureau of Investigation or some other independent law-enforcement entity to investigate.

Since a second woman came forward Friday with a sexual assault claim against him, the lieutenant governor has been asked to resign by the Democratic Party of Virginia, Sen.

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax wants "due process" for himself and his accusers, he told the Washington Post on Monday.

"It's obvious from what happened this week that we still have a lot of work to do", he said in an interview with The Washington Post on Saturday.

Fairfax is one of three top Democrats in the state engulfed by scandal this month. "Before slavery truly became institutionalized in the colonies, some Africans were sometimes treated more like indentured servants who were freed once their service ended or debt had been paid", the National Museum of African American History & Culture said.

One Virginia state legislator, Democrat Patrick Hope, said he's planning to introduce articles of impeachment against Fairfax if he doesn't resign.

Although the Democratic Party has taken nearly a zero-tolerance approach to misconduct among its members in this #MeToo era, a housecleaning in Virginia could be costly to them: If all three Democrats resigned, Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox would become governor.

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