Accuser of Lt. Gov. willing to testify to Virginia lawmakers

Accuser of Lt. Gov. willing to testify to Virginia lawmakers

Virginia's Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax calls on the Federal Bureau of Investigation to open a probe into the sexual assault allegations against him.

"I was born in white privilege and that has implications to it", Northam said, adding, "I didn't realize really the powerful implications of that".

A copy of the drafted resolution, obtained by CNN, reads, "the House of Delegates believes all allegations of sexual assault must be taken with the utmost seriousness", and describes the allegations made by the two women as "credible in nature".

For Whitehead, the impulse to oust the governor stems from a bandwagon mentality, and weakens the Democratic Party at a time when racial violence has spiked nationwide - linked by critics to incendiary rhetoric and policies by Republican President Donald Trump. "There's no better person to do that than a doctor", Northam says in an interview with journalist Gayle King, excerpts of which were aired at the start of CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "And so again I regret that our attorney general is in this position but this is a decision that he's going to need to make".

Despite the calls on Northam to step down, greater pressure was focused on Fairfax, after a state House member, Patrick Hope, declared on Friday that he would introduce articles of impeachment on Monday unless the lieutenant-governor resigns. Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage and who has a moral compass. "But he sacrificed so much of his ability to govern effectively".

Calls for Fairfax to step aside have come from state House and Senate Democrats, the Legislative Black Caucus, former Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe, Virginia's two USA senators - Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, also both Democrats - and several potential Democratic presidential hopefuls.

Northam's page in his medical school yearbook showed a person in blackface and another in Ku Klux Klan robes, but he says neither person was him.

But he did admit that he once donned blackface to impersonate Michael Jackson during a 1984 dance contest.

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"A clear sign of the depth of LG Fairfax's political crisis is the near-absence of voices in Virginia politics this weekend publicly urging him to remain in office", University of Mary Washington political science professor Stephen Farnsworth said in an email. "Please, please, please remove me from any future emails about him please, Thank you!"

"Fairfax can no longer fulfill his duties", the Democratic caucuses of both the state House and Senate said in a joint statement.

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

"It must take tremendous courage for women to step forward and talk about being the victim of sexual assault", Northam said.

Northam told the Washington Post he's asked his cabinet secretaries to come up with specific proposals to begin addressing issues of inequality, such as expanding access to health care, housing and transportation, and to begin reporting those suggestions on Monday.

The first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores in Old Point Comfort, what we call now Fort Monroe, and while - " Northam said on the show.

I really don't get why Ralph Northam or his comms team thinks it helps him to communicate in public.

That may not satisfy Virginians, who, according to recent polls, are thoroughly divided on whether Northam should step down from office.

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