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Justin Fairfax Says He Won’t Resign: ‘Everyone Deserves to Be Heard’

Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax said he will not step down despite sexual-assault allegations from two women, and calls for his resignation from fellow Democrats who have been considering launching impeachment proceedings against him. Fairfax has maintained that he did not sexually assault his two accusers or anyone else. In an interview with The Washington Post, Fairfax said the two women deserve to be heard, but that he also deserves due process. “Due process is at the heart of our constitutional democracy in order to get to the truth and be true to what we are as Americans,” Fairfax said. “... Everyone deserves to be heard. … even when faced with those allegations, I am still standing up for everyone’s right to be heard. But I’m also standing up for due process.” Democrats decided to slow down the impeachment process Sunday night amid questions about the proper procedure and viability of such a plan given that the alleged offenses did not take place while Fairfax was lieutenant governor.