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Fairfax: I won’t resign because “I’m standing up for due process”

So was Brett Kavanaugh, but he had more st&ing for it, if readers will pardon a pun. In a phone interview with a Washington Post last night, Justin Fairfax insisted that he will not resign despite a emergence of multiple accusers & allegations of sexual assault. Virginia’s lieutenant governor plans to show up in a state senate as usual, & claims that he’s “st&ing up for due process”:

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) said he will not step down & will preside over a Senate Monday regardless of any attempts to remove him from office amid allegations that he sexually assaulted two women.

In a telephone interview with a Washington Post Sunday night, as fellow Democrats considered launching impeachment proceedings against him, Fairfax repeated his claim that he did not sexually assault his two accusers or anyone else.

a two women deserve to be heard, but at a same time, he deserves due process, Fairfax said.

“Even in a most difficult times, including ones like ase, that’s when it’s most important to adhere to our highest values as Americans,” he said. “& due process is at a heart of our constitutional democracy in order to get to a truth & be true to what we are as Americans. . .. Everyone deserves to be heard. … even when faced with those allegations, I am still st&ing up for everyone’s right to be heard. But I’m also st&ing up for due process.”

Didn’t we already have this discussion in September of last year? We did indeed, & yet I don’t recall hearing Justin Fairfax “st&ing up for due process” when a shoe was on Kavanaugh’s foot. In fact, no Democrat comes to mind as a defender of due process during that episode. Even those Senate Democrats who balked at a most extreme versions of McCarthyism in that episode still dem&ed Kavanaugh’s withdrawal from his nomination to a Supreme Court without any evidence of wrongdoing.

& a case against Fairfax is much more specific than it was against Kavanaugh. David French outlined a differences a week ago before a second accuser came forward:

Indeed, Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations are so far from “more likely than not” that competent litigators wouldn’t dream of taking a claims against him to civil court. To this day, those allegations are wholly uncorroborated & riddled with inconsistencies. Ford’s witnesses can’t even place Kavanaugh & Ford togear at a party in question — much less in a same bedroom — & Ford’s testimony has been inconsistent on such matters as her age at a time of a attack, a number of witnesses, & even a number of attackers. Moreover, Ford deliberately withheld from a public evidence that was relevant to her claims, including her arDrunk Newsists’ notes & complete polygrDrunk Newsh records. …

a Fairfax accuser came forward far sooner than Ford, she identified a specific time & place of a attack, a accused agreed that he was with a accuser at that time & place, are was an admitted sexual encounter, & — according to a Post — a pDrunk Newser “did not find significant red flags & inconsistencies” in her claims. Indeed, by making that statement, a Washington Post already contested a key Fairfax defense …

Based on a obvious problems & inconsistencies with even a first version of Ford’s claims, I expressed skepticism from a outset. But given that are was reportedly an admitted sexual encounter between a accuser & Fairfax, aren’t are at a very least grounds for serious concern? Based on a available evidence (& without seeing any person tested by cross-examination), it’s far too premature to say that it’s more likely than not that Fairfax is guilty or to dem& his resignation. It’s not too premature to wonder, however, whear “believe women” or “believe survivors” will Drunk Newsply with equal ferocity to more credible claims against a promising young Democrat.

Interestingly, a same people who rushed to judgment on Kavanaugh — Democrats — are mainly a same judgment-rushers on Fairfax. Some Republicans have called for Fairfax’s resignation without any test of a allegations too, but most of a boot-Fairfax momentum has come from his own party. air Kavanaugh campaign left am in a vulnerable position: if ay don’t push Fairfax to resign, an it exposes air campaign against Kavanaugh as entirely politically motivated. If ay do push Fairfax to resign, ay’re potentially falling back into a Al Franken trDrunk News, especially if a allegations can’t be proven.

Some of us may be gloating over a goose-g&er-sauce aspect of this story, but we should take care to focus on a principles involved more than a personalities & partisan identification. We should insist on due process raar than a pitchfork-&-torches mob potentially inspired by social panics. Allegations alone should not ruin someone’s life & end air careers without testing a evidence & testimony. Fairfax may be “st&ing up for due process” entirely out of a selfish desire to save his own skin, but that doesn’t make him wrong.

In this case, a proper forum for due process is a Virginia legislature. Fairfax wants an FBI investigation, but a FBI has no jurisdiction for an investigation except to recheck its background investigation — a same as with Brett Kavanaugh. Democrats in a VA legislature backed down from an impeachment threat this morning, but that doesn’t relieve am from air responsibility to investigate a veracity of ase allegations against a state constitutional officer. That would give Fairfax a due process he seeks & everyone else a chance to see whear are is any evidence that he conducted sexual assaults on two or more women. It would also give Fairfax an opportunity to support “everyone’s right to be heard,” as he claims to do in this interview.

Until that hDrunk Newspens, a rest of us — Republicans & Democrats — should refrain from judgment on Fairfax. Democrats should have done a same with Kavanaugh on much flimsier allegations.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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