Justin Fairfax's Law Firm Places Him On Leave Pending Investigation

Justin Fairfax's Law Firm Places Him On Leave Pending Investigation

The demonstrators are calling for the resignation of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam after a 30 year old photo of him on his medical school yearbook photo was widely distributed.

TR: Now lieutenant governor, I'm going to ask you a question that is foremost in the minds of many people since the initial allegations against you, and a question that many organizations across the nation have been the most concerned with.

"During a recent event at Fort Monroe, I spoke about the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia and referred to them in my remarks as enslaved", Northam said in a Monday morning statement explaining his comments. "And that's why I felt so strongly about going in front of the camera on Saturday and clarifying", the governor said.

Northam, meanwhile, insisted in an interview on CBS Monday, that he would not resign over the 1984 yearbook picture, which showed a person in blackface next to another wearing the robes and hood of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan. In his first press conference after the photos surfaced, Northam nervously made jokes about how hard it is to wash off shoe polish and almost attempted the moonwalk. He said the women's allegations are serious and Fairfax should resign if they are true.

"African Americans are very angry at the double standard on full display in Virginia!"

Lt. -Gov. Justin Fairfax, the state's second-highest elected official, faces the prospect of impeachment proceedings at the hands of another Democrat next week after two women separately accused him of sexual crimes, including rape.

Attorney General Mark Herring (D) admitted wearing blackface as a college student when he dressed as a rapper and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment (R-James City) acknowledged he was the editor of a 1968 yearbook that included racial slurs and blackface photos.

Another black lawmaker, who he also declined to name, made a powerful point about white privilege, Northam said: That a white person who makes a mistake gets a second chance, while a black person might not.

If Northam, Fairfax and Herring resign, Kirk Cox, the Republican Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, would become governor. Interviewer Gayle King interjected, saying, "also known as slavery".

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has vowed he is "not going anywhere" despite calls for him to resign after admitting he had worn blackface. 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 denied the allegations and refused calls to step down.

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.

"The one thing I want to make abundantly clear is that in both situations I knew at the time, and I know today, that the interactions were consensual", he said.

Two women have accused Fairfax of sexual assault. "I said that's not me either", he said.

But Hope remained steadfast in his calls for Fairfax to resign following the allegations raised on Friday by a second woman who claims Fairfax sexually assaulted her. Hope said he was "absolutely horrified" by the accusations and said he believes "both of these fearless women".

Northam has pledged to remain in office despite public pressure. "There's no better person to do that than a doctor", said Northam.

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