Fairfax accuser’s attorney calls for impeachment hearings to provide ‘due process’

Second woman accuses Virginia Lieutenant Governor of sexual assault

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"I have thought about resigning, but I've also thought about what Virginia needs right now", Northam told CBS News.

The Virginia Democrat spoke with CBS News about a racism scandal that's engulfing his nascent administration, and said he had learned much about white privilege and race since the scandal erupted. "And that's why I felt so strongly about going in front of the camera on Saturday and clarifying".

During the CBS interview aired in full on Monday, Mr Northam was grilled over his college yearbook photo, which shows two people - one wearing blackface makeup and the other in Ku Klux Klan robes.

Northam was roundly attacked for his reaction to the yearbook revelation: a confused sequence that saw him first admit, then deny, appearing in the photo, only to apologize instead for wearing blackface on another occasion while imitating the late Michael Jackson.

Ralph Northam, during a campaign stop at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in 2017, is facing calls to resign after a picture showing him in blackface or a KKK outfit emerged on February 1, 2019. He said the women's allegations are serious and Fairfax should resign if they are true. "There are still some very deep wounds in Virginia, and especially in the area of equity", he said.

Four staffers working for embattled Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax resigned Monday, leaving him with a skeleton crew as calls grow for him to step down amid two sexual assault allegations.

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On Saturday, Fairfax issued a statement repeating his strong denials that he had ever sexually assaulted anyone and made clear he does not intend to immediately step down and says he is calling for authorities, including the FBI, to investigate. Attorney General Mark Herring has also admitted to having worn blackface. Next in line after those three Democrats would be Republican Speaker of the House of Delegates Kirk Cox. Shortly thereafter Northam made a gaffe when he bragged about the state's 400 year history and King reminded him not to forget that part of that history included spreading slavery to the future United States. 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.

The allegations against Fairfax are more recent, and the victims seem better able to document that they told other people.

"Frankly, we really want any entity with comprehensive investigative power to thoroughly look into these accusations", Fairfax spokeswoman Lauren Burke said.

"I did not sexually assault Meredith Watson, Vanessa Tyson or anyone else, and the truth will help to confirm that statement", he said. They also noted she would be able to provide "at least two witnesses whom Ms. Watson told of the assault the day after Fairfax raped her".

It's not clear whether he'll be paid by the firm while on leave. He's a Republican, which is giving the Democratic officerholders another reason to try to keep their positions.

"Before Donald Trump, I would say with this kind of stuff, it's impossible for a person to just hang on, put their head down and ignore it", said Quentin Kidd, a political science professor at Christopher Newport University.

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