VA Delegate Pauses On Fairfax Impeachment, For Now

Hugh Fox
February 12, 2019

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. "I have a lot more to learn".

Justin Fairfax of sexually assaulting them in the 2000s both say they are willing to testify before Virginia lawmakers.

Asked whether he would resign, Mr Northam said: "I'm not going anywhere".

Several prominent Democrats have called for Northam to resign after his yearbook page featured a picture of two men, one in a Ku Klux Klan robe and the other in blackface.

Northam at first admitted he was in the picture, then denied it a day later, but acknowledged he wore blackface to look like Michael Jackson for a dance contest in 1984. He also said that he has a "very close [black] friend" who, during his campaign, explained to him why blackface is racist and offensive so now he knows not ever to do that again.

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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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.

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax addresses the media about a sexual assualt allegation from 2004 outside of the capital building in dowtown Richmond, February 4, 2019.

If the governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general all left office or were removed, the speaker of the House would become governor.

The Associated Press generally does not name people who say they are victims of sexual assault, but both women have come forward voluntarily.

"Also known as slavery", CBS's Gayle King interjected.

Party leaders in the state and across the nation have now called for Northam and Fairfax to resign over their separate accusations. Justin Fairfax (D) has placed him on leave pending an external investigation into sexual assault allegations leveled against him. "There's no better person to do that than a doctor", said Northam.

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"I was born in white privilege and that has implications to it", Northam said.

Fairfax is denying the latest allegation made by Watson, a former Duke classmate, who said he raped her in a "premeditated and aggressive attack" while they were undergraduates in 2000.

Fairfax faces calls to resign from his post after two women issued statements last week detailing their allegations of sexual assault.

Attorney Nancy Erika Smith released the statement Saturday night on behalf of Meredith Watson after Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax denied the allegation and called for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other authorities to investigate.

But as the museum makes clear, they were still slaves - Africans who were brought to these shores against their will, and forced to work without pay. Northam may try to appoint a Democrat, while Republicans could mount a legal challenge with the goal of having Sen.

Before leaving for the service in Chilhowie, a small town in the state's rural southwest corner, Northam doubled down on his determination to stay in office, pledging to promote racial reconciliation in the remaining three years of his term.

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