Virginia House Democrats Defend Themselves Against GOP Attacks

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By Brandon Jarvis

Yesterday, the House GOP led by Kirk Cox accused the Democrats of stalling and having no interest in investigating the accusations that have been made against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.

Two women have accused Fairfax of sexual assault. Before Friday it was unclear what would happen in the Capitol as far an investigation or not.

Republicans announced on the House floor on Friday that they would be launching an investigation into the accusations against Lt. Governor Fairfax. Del Rob Bell said that the General Assembly has “a duty to investigate.” According to Bell, the House Courts of Justice committee will schedule a hearing. We have not heard a date yet.

Meredith Watson, the second woman to accuse Fairfax of sexual assault has already accepted the invite. See her announcement below. And as for Vanessa Tyson, the first woman to accuse Fairfax, she has also previously stated that she is open to testifying.

Bell said both women are open to testify, along with the Lt. Governor.

The Democrats released a response to the GOP’s attack on Friday afternoon by posting a picture of their own letter. The letter was dated on February 21 and it pointed to Cox and Gilbert for failing to provide a plan leading for proceedings prior to the fallout on Thursday.

“House Democrats were among the first to call for Lt. Gov Fairfax’s resignation after the allegations were revealed, and we have maintained our view that the allegations need to be taken seriously. Moreover, Democratic leadership simply requested a clear plan for a joint approach.

“Instead, we were met first with silence, and then with press releases. The Speaker and House Republicans are attempting to politicize these serious, criminal allegations. All parties involved deserve better.”

We will keep you updated.

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