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February 11, 2019

OH: Impeachment Push for Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax Slows Down. “Lawmaker who had vowed to launch proceedings says he isn’t ready to start that process in the House of Delegates.”

“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,” Delegate Patrick Hope, a Democrat, wrote on Twitter early Monday morning.

Democratic legislators in Virginia circulated Sunday afternoon a draft resolution to start impeachment proceedings against Mr. Fairfax.

Mr. Fairfax, the 39-year-old Democrat and former federal prosecutor, has denied the two allegations of sexual assault against him, one from 2000 and the other from 2004. He called over the weekend for a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe. He said encounters with both of his accusers were consensual.

“The Lt. Governor is aggressively exploring options for a thorough, independent, and impartial investigation of these allegations. We hope, for example, that the FBI will show a willingness to investigate,” a spokeswoman for Mr. Fairfax said Sunday. “He believes that an inherently political process is not the most likely path for learning the truth.”

If you’re wondering why Hope is backing down, Liz Sheld has that for you.