Virginia delegate backs off plan for impeaching Fairfax

A Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates on Monday backed off plans to introduce articles of impeachment against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D), who has been accused of sexual assault by two different women.

Del. Patrick Hope said in a tweet that there are "additional conversations that need to take place before anything is filed."


"Yesterday I sent draft language to my colleagues on the first step of an impeachment action regarding the Lt. Governor. There has been an enormous amount of sincere and thoughtful feedback which has led to additional conversations that need to take place before anything is filed," he tweeted.

Fairfax has faced calls to resign amid sexual assault accusations brought by Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson. 
Watson's attorney released a statement last week alleging Fairfax raped her in 2000 when they were both students at Duke University. Tyson has accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her in 2004 at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.
Fairfax has said both encounters were consensual.
Hope wrote in a third tweet Monday that he believes Tyson and Watson.
On Friday, Hope said he would introduce articles of impeachment against Fairfax on Monday.