Virginia Democrats float impeachment against lieutenant governor
FILE PHOTO – Justin Fairfax, the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, beverages earlier than opening the state’s Senate assembly all the way through a consultation of the General Assembly in Richmond, Virginia, U.S, February eight, 2019. REUTERS/Jay Paul
RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) – A draft answer calling for the impeachment of Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, a Democrat, has been circulating amongst Virginia Democrats over allegations of sexual attack, and could be offered once Monday.
Fairfax is considered one of 3 most sensible Virginia Democrats embroiled in scandals, together with the governor and legal professional common. He denies the allegations introduced via two ladies.
Virginia’s embattled governor, Ralph Northam, insisted, in an interview to be aired on CBS Monday, that he would now not renounce over a racist yearbook photograph from the 1980s that was once just lately made public.
But Northam stated, in excerpts from the interview made to be had Sunday, that Fairfax must step apart if sexual attack allegations against him have been discovered to be true. Northam instructed CBS it should have taken super braveness for the ladies to come back ahead.
“And if these accusations are determined to be true, I don’t think he’s going to have any other option but to resign,” Northam stated.
Meanwhile, state Democratic House of Delegates member Patrick Hope has stated he’s going to introduce articles of impeachment against Fairfax on Monday except the lieutenant governor quits.
Fairfax has stated that encounters with each ladies have been consensual. On Sunday, a spokeswoman for the lieutenant governor stated he was once “aggressively exploring options for a thorough, independent, and impartial investigation” of the allegations.
The political chaos surrounding the state’s most sensible elected officers has prolonged to the second one in line to prevail Northam, Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring, who admitted that he had as soon as darkened his face to mimic a black performer.
The chance all 3 most sensible leaders of Virginia’s govt department must renounce raised the chance of the Democrats dropping the governorship to the Republican speaker of the state House, who’s subsequent within the line of succession.
Writing via Rich McKay; further reporting via Gary Robertson, Letitia Stein; modifying via Larry King