Virginia Democrats float impeachment against lieutenant governor

12 February, 2019, 03:30 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Second woman accuses Virginia Lieutenant Governor of sexual assault

Ralph Northam told CBS Sunday morning that he's "not going anywhere", days after a racist yearbook photo resurfaced. "We have ended the Jim Crow laws, easier access to voting-it is abundantly clear that we still have a lot of work to do and I really think this week raised a level of awareness in the Commonwealth and in this country that we haven't seen certainly in my lifetime".

"It is atrocious that he will be presiding over the Senate of Virginia today with these allegations", Hope said in a statement. "And I'm going to improve my life and do better and be in a position where I can help other people".

Ralph Northam refuses to resign despite growing backlash over a picture on his medical school yearbook page featuring a man wearing blackface and another person in a Ku Klux Klan outfit.

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.

A copy of the 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".

He says he'll "focus on race and equity" as his "commitment to Virginia" for the next three years.

Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring are still trying to regain their political standing after awkwardly acknowledging that they each once wore blackface as young men in the 1980s. Two women have also accused Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax of rape.

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

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

Northam said he has had painful conversations this week with black lawmakers - who continue to call publicly for him to resign - about the issue of blackface, and why it was wrong for him to darken his face to portray Michael Jackson in a San Antonio dance contest in 1984, as he has admitted doing. "Yes", Northam replied, continuing, "And while we have made a lot of progress in Virginia-slavery has ended". Fairfax instead has called on "all appropriate and impartial investigatory authorities, including the FBI, to investigate fully and thoroughly the allegations against me". Fairfax has vehemently denied the claims and called for authorities, including the FBI, to investigate. On Friday, Watson also came forward, alleging that he assaulted her when they were university students in 2000.

The Democrat was first accused of sexually assaulting Vanessa Tyson at the Democratic National Convention in 2004 where he allegedly forced her to perform oral sex on him.

On Saturday, Virginia's embattled lieutenant governor called for an FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegations and pushed back against calls for him to resign, asking his detractors for "space in this moment for due process".

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

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

During an interview Sunday on CBS, Northam said the "first indentured servants from Africa" arrived in 1619. Northam may try to appoint a Democrat, while Republicans could mount a legal challenge with the goal of having Sen.



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