Delegate says no plans to impeach Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax now but calls for resignation
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
The Virginia General Assembly is convening in Richmond, but there will be no filing for an impeachment of the Virginia Lieutenant Gov. Justin Fairfax at this time.
A series of scandals started 10 days ago that shook the state capitol in Richmond. But now the latest tremor has fizzled a bit.
Initially, Democratic Del. Patrick Hope said he would begin the impeachment process against Fairfax. But Hope says he wants more time.
“When you have now more than one credible allegation..he has to resign,” says Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
The delegate says he has received an enormous amount of sincere and thoughtful “feedback, but additional conversation is needed to take place before anything is filed.”
Fairfax, is urging the FBI to look into the rape claims by two different women.
“They could in theory hand the state back to Republicans and for a long time,” says Michael Shear from the New York Times.
Through, attorneys for both women —Meredith Watson and Vanessa Tyson — say they are willing to testify if an impeachment hearing ends up moving forward.
“Believe both women. I see no reason why they would come forward. They have nothing to gain, there's no lawsuit, there's no money involved. These are all documented some years back, wasn't created overnight. And I believe the women, and I think if you believe the women, we have no call but to call for his resignation,” says Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA).
Fairfax has vehemently denied both allegations asking for due process and asking that “no one rush to judgment.”