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McAuliffe Calls on Fairfax to Resign After Second Sexual Assault Accusation

McAuliffe Calls on Fairfax to Resign After Second Sexual Assault Accusation

The delegation - consisting of the state's two U.S. senators, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, and seven USA representatives - repeated its call for Northam to resign, and said the allegations against Fairfax "need to be taken very seriously", though it stopped short of demanding a formal investigation. She said Fairfax would have further response later.

Smith described Watson and Fairfax as friends at the time who never dated.

"Ms. Watson shared her account of the rape with friends in a series of emails and Facebook messages that are now in our possession", the release states.

She says she was friends with Mr Fairfax while they studied at Duke University, but that they never had a romantic relationship.

Dr. Tyson did not tell anyone in 2004 about the encounter with Mr. Fairfax, according to people close to her legal team, and she did not notify or file a complaint with police...

"I'm here to pass a budget today", he added when pressed as he headed into a Republican Caucus meeting in late morning. It is demonstrably false.

However, in a prepared statement released through his office, Norment said he is a proud member of the Class of 1968 at VMI and that it was a year of "imperative transition", at the school.

"I demand a full investigation into these unsubstantiated and false allegations", Fairfax insisted. Such an investigation will confirm my account because I am telling the truth.

But Tyson said in her statement that she "cannot believe" Fairfax would think the sexual act was consensual. He also pledged not to resign.

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Watson says she doesn't want any money from Fairfax - she just wants him to resign. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), and former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe were among the first.

Calls for Northam's resignation among Virginia's Democratic establishment were almost universal early on, with at least five Democratic candidates for the White House joining the chorus. "I believe Meredith Watson and Dr. Tyson, and it was extremely courageous for them to come forward".

"This is the second serious sexual assault allegation leveled against the Lieutenant Governor in the past week", Wilson said.

Her claim comes two days after at the end of a turbulent week which began when a different woman, Vanessa Tyson, accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her in 2004 when both were in Boston to attend the Democratic National Convention. Fairfax called the allegation a political smear.

By the way, as Ed noted earlier, all three of the stooges at the top of Virginia's government look likely to survive now.

Numerous state's Democrats have called on Northam to step down over the yearbook photo, which shows one person in blackface and another in Ku Klux Klan attire.

Trump, who previously called for Northam's resignation, commented on the widening scandal again on Twitter.

The improbable scenario of the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general being forced to resign en masse has raised the prospect of the Democrats losing the governorship to a Republican without an election.