Virginia Dem Backs Off From Impeaching Lt. Gov. over Sex Assault Allegations

Second woman accuses Virginia's Lt Governor of sexual assault

Embattled Virginia leader wants to focus on racial equity

A California woman has accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her 15 years ago.

And as the scandal in Virginia continues to boil, she told CBS's Face the Nation that she also expects the state's No 2, Democratic lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax, will "do the right thing for Virginia and resign", citing "extremely credible" allegations of sexual assault made against him last week by two women.

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.

Fairfax, who is black, has denied both claims and called them a "co-ordinated smear campaign". 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.

A Washington Post-Schar School poll, which only asked about Tyson's allegation, found most were still undecided about the accusation, with 65 percent saying they didn't know enough to judge Fairfax's denial of the accusation.

"Our American values don't just work when it's convenient - they must be applied at the most hard of times", he said.

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In an interview broadcast Monday, Northam provided a more complete explanation of his statements that set off this whole crisis following the discovery of a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook.

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Fairfax was accused by two women of sexual assault, including rape by one of the women.

"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.

President Donald Trump weighed in Sunday morning, tweeting "African Americans are very angry at the double standard on full display in Virginia!"

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Northam said he planned to focus on addressing issues stemming from inequality, including improving access to health care, housing, and transportation.

Earlier this month, on February 1, a photo from Northam's medical school yearbook was resurfaced, appearing to show the politician and another person wearing racist costumes - with one dressed in blackface and another wearing KKK robes, according to The Virginian-Pilot.

"What I have just expressed is the truth".

"Yes, again, when I stepped back and looked at it, I just said, I know it's not me in the Klan outfit". In his first press conference after the photos surfaced, Northam nervously made jokes about how hard it is to wash off shoe polish and almost attempted the moonwalk. But he made no public comments. On Friday, the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association removed Fairfax from its leadership ranks, naming officials from DE and Washington state in his place. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Sen.

Another Democratic delegate was seriously considering impeachment.

"Fairfax should have already resigned". Both men have signaled they have no intention of resigning - despite calls to resign from a host of Democrats with national profiles.

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It's unclear who the people in the picture are, but the rest of the page is filled with pictures of Northam and lists his undergraduate alma mater and other information about him.

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