The Virginia governor is already under pressure to resign after a photo emerged of his yearbook page featuring two people, one in blackface and one dressed as a Ku Klux Klan member.
When asked if he considered resigning amid the continuing calls for his ouster, Northam acknowledged that doesn't "live in a vacuum". But I can tell you that I am sure, just like me, he has grown.
On Sunday, a spokeswoman for the lieutenant governor said he was "aggressively exploring options for a thorough, independent, and impartial investigation" of the allegations.
Watson's legal team released an email exchange between her and a former Duke classmate from October 2016, in which Watson responds to an invitation to a fundraiser for Fairfax by saying, "Justin raped me in college and I don't want to hear anything about him".
Democratic lawmakers from Virginia have called on Fairfax to resign, as have Democratic senators Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Cory Booker of New Jersey - both 2020 presidential contenders - among others.
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Those rebuttals have not satisfied fellow Democrat Patrick Hope, a state delegate who has promised to introduce articles of impeachment when lawmakers reconvene Monday. "Lieutenant-Governor Fairfax has suggested and called for an investigation, I strongly support that". Tyson claims Fairfax assaulted her in 2004 when they both attended the Democratic National Convention.
In excerpts of an interview that aired Sunday, Northam was talking about Virginia's history. "There needs to be verification of basic facts about these allegations". In his first interview since the scandal erupted, a chastened governor told The Washington Post on Saturday that the uproar has pushed him to confront the state's deep and lingering divisions over race, as well as his own insensitivity.
Northam has been in seclusion all week, using tunnels to shuttle between the mansion and the nearby building where he has an office.
Ralph Northam, during a campaign stop at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in 2017, is facing calls to resign after a picture showing him in blackface or a KKK outfit emerged on February 1, 2019. But he made no public comments. He made clear he is not immediately resigning and called for "space in this moment for due process". Tim Kaine and almost the state's entire Democratic congressional delegation, among others.
Part of the issue may be that Northam is not the only prominent Democrat in Virginia state government to be hit with allegations of misbehavior. If Northam were to step down, Fairfax would be next in line to become governor. Steve Newman, the Senate's pro tem, serve as both a voting senator and temporary lieutenant governor.