GOP Del. Rob Bell sent a letter to Democrats on Monday saying an upcoming special legislative session on gun laws could double as an opportunity for a bipartisan hearing on Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax's behavior. (iStock / Getty Images Plus/traveler1116)

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Renewed Fairfax Investigation Calls

Virginia Republicans are renewing their push to hold a legislative hearing

June 18, 2019 - 2:47 pm
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Republicans are renewing their push to hold a legislative hearing into sexual assault allegations two women have made against the state's Democratic lieutenant governor. Democrats quickly opposed the request and called it a political stunt.

GOP Del. Rob Bell sent a letter to Democrats on Monday saying an upcoming special legislative session on gun laws could double as an opportunity for a bipartisan hearing on Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax's behavior. Two women earlier this year publicly accused Fairfax of sexual assault and said they want to testify before the legislature, but only if both parties participate.

Fairfax has denied any wrongdoing and said the allegations should be investigated by law enforcement officials.

House Minority Leader Del. Eileen Filler-Corn said Tuesday that Democrats would not participate in a "partisan sideshow."


Fairfax issued the following statement:   “A Republican show trial during an election year is not an investigation that will reveal the truth. Speaker Cox and Del. Rob Bell’s goals are to embarrass the Democratic party in an election year and avoid talking about reducing gun violence and the NRA’s control over the GOP.  ‪On July 9‬, we will discuss issues of public safety in the aftermath of the murders of 12 people in Virginia Beach. It’s shameful that Republican leaders are dodging a discussion that would save lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

“Del. Rob Bell has spent his entire legislative career pushing the goals of law enforcement and prosecutors. It is beyond time for him to stop playing political games and insulting the intelligence of Virginians and for him to encourage prosecutors in Boston and Durham to do a full, fair, and non-political investigation. That is the path to the truth.”

 

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