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Harris says assault allegations against Virginia lt. gov 'credible,' should be investigated

Harris says assault allegations against Virginia lt. gov 'credible,' should be investigated
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisKamala Harris calls nurse on Thanksgiving to express gratitude in fight against COVID-19 Trump campaign loses appeal over Pennsylvania race The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday called for an investigation into the allegations of sexual assault against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D).

Harris told reporters that Vanessa Tyson's statement detailing her claims against Fairfax was a "credible account."

"I think there should be an investigation to get to the bottom of it and determine the facts," she said.

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Tyson came forward on Wednesday to detail allegations against Fairfax. She alleged that the two had been consensually kissing in a hotel room during a 2004 encounter, but that Fairfax then forced her to perform oral sex.

Fairfax has denied the allegations and insisted the interaction was consensual. The Washington Post, which investigated the claims last year, said its reporters were not able to corroborate either account. Both sides have retained legal counsel. 

The allegations against Fairfax emerged just days after Gov. Ralph Northam (D) admitted to wearing blackface decades ago after he was already under fire for a racist photo on his medical school yearbook page. Northam first said he was in the photo before later saying that he is not one of the two pictured.

Harris is the most high-profile Democrat to date, and the first Democrat running for president in 2020, to call for an investigation into the allegations against Fairfax.

Rep. Jennifer WextonJennifer Lynn WextonVirginia voter registration website back up after outage on last day to register House advances bill aimed at imports tied to Uighur forced labor This week: Supreme Court fight over Ginsburg's seat upends Congress's agenda MORE (D-Va.) on Wednesday became the first federal lawmaker to publicly state she believes Tyson's claims, and Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierDemocratic Women's Caucus members split endorsements for House campaign chief Pentagon puts on show of force as questions circle on COVID-19 outbreak Candymakers meet virtually with lawmakers for annual fly-in, discuss Halloween safety MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday morning that she found Tyson's account credible.