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 Devi HarrisHillicon Valley: New York says goodbye to Amazon's HQ2 | AOC reacts: 'Anything is possible' | FTC pushes for record Facebook fine | Cyber threats to utilities on the rise O’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation 2020 Dems slam Trump's plan to declare national emergency 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 WextonVa. Dems stand by calls for Northam to resign, withhold judgment on Herring Fairfax removed from leadership post in lieutenant governors group Virginia Legislative Black Caucus calls on Fairfax to step down 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 SpeierJoe Kennedy introduces resolution rejecting Trump’s transgender military ban Overnight Defense: Gillibrand offers bill to let transgender troops serve | Pentagon ready to protect US personnel in Venezuela | Dems revive fight with Trump over Saudis Gillibrand introduces bipartisan bill to allow transgender military service MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday morning that she found Tyson's account credible.