• Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, gavels the session to order at the start of the Senate session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.


    Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, gavels the session to order in the beginning of the Senate session on the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.
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  • Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, right, gives a high five to a page as he prepares for the start of the Senate session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.


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    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam talks throughout an interview on the Governor’s Mansion, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 in Richmond, Va. The embattled governor says he needs to spend the remaining three years of his time period pursuing racial “fairness.” Northam advised The Washington Submit that there’s a larger motive for the “horrific” reckoning over a racist {photograph} that appeared in his medical college yearbook. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Submit through AP)
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    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left, and his spouse Pam, watch because the casket of fallen Virginia State Trooper Lucas B. Dowell is carried to a ready tactical car in the course of the funeral on the Chilhowie Christian Church in Chilhowie, Va., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. Dowell was killed within the line of obligation earlier within the week.
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    FILE – On this Oct. 24, 2018 file picture, Virginia Lawyer Common Mark Herring declares a brand new Clergy Abuse Hotline his workplace is launching as he addressed a press convention at his workplace in Richmond, Va. Herring admitted to carrying blackface many years in the past. In a press release issued Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, Herring stated he wore brown make-up and a wig in 1980 to appear like a black rapper throughout a celebration as an undergraduate on the College of Virginia. (Bob Brown/Richmond Instances-Dispatch through AP, File)
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    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam talks throughout an interview on the Governor’s Mansion, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 in Richmond, Va. The embattled governor says he needs to spend the remaining three years of his time period pursuing racial “fairness.” Northam advised The Washington Submit that there’s a larger motive for the “horrific” reckoning over a racist {photograph} that appeared in his medical college yearbook. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Submit through AP)
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    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, proper, and his spouse Pam, watch because the casket of fallen Virginia State Trooper Lucas B. Dowell is carried to a ready tactical car in the course of the funeral on the Chilhowie Christian Church in Chilhowie, Va., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. Dowell was killed within the line of obligation earlier within the week.
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    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam talks throughout an interview on the Governor’s Mansion, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 in Richmond, Va. The embattled governor says he needs to spend the remaining three years of his time period pursuing racial “fairness.” Northam advised The Washington Submit that there’s a larger motive for the “horrific” reckoning over a racist {photograph} that appeared in his medical college yearbook. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Submit through AP)
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    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and his spouse, Pamela arrive on the Governor’s Mansion for an interview, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 in Richmond, Va. The embattled governor says he needs to spend the remaining three years of his time period pursuing racial “fairness.” Northam advised The Washington Submit that there’s a larger motive for the “horrific” reckoning over a racist {photograph} that appeared in his medical college yearbook. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Submit through AP)
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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Newest on scandals involving Virginia’s Democratic leaders (all occasions native):

    7 a.m.

    A Virginia lawmaker is now suggesting he will not transfer ahead Monday with plans to introduce an impeachment invoice searching for the ouster of Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.

    Democratic Del. Patrick Hope had stated he wished to introduce articles of impeachment Monday in opposition to Fairfax after two ladies lately accused the Democrat of sexual assault within the 2000s. Fairfax has vehemently denied the claims and known as for authorities, together with the FBI, to analyze.

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    Hope stated on Twitter early Monday that he had circulated a draft of the impeachment motion along with his colleagues and obtained what he known as “an unlimited quantity of honest and considerate suggestions.” Hope now says “further conversations … must happen earlier than something is filed.”

    Impeachment was all the time unlikely to occur throughout this legislative session, however lawmakers might revisit it later this 12 months if the political disaster continues.

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    12:20 a.m.

    Virginia lawmakers are dealing with calls to try impeachment of the state’s second strongest chief as they wrestle to handle sexual assault allegations leveled in opposition to Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.

    The push comes as separate revelations of previous racist habits have upended the 2 different highest positions in state authorities. Gov. Ralph Northam and Lawyer Common Mark Herring, each Democrats, have acknowledged they wore blackface within the 1980s. Northam stated Sunday that he will not resign.

    Democratic Del. Patrick Hope stated he needs to introduce articles of impeachment Monday in opposition to Fairfax after two ladies lately accused the Democrat of sexual assault within the 2000s. Fairfax has vehemently denied the claims and known as for authorities, together with the FBI, to analyze.

            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            

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