Republicans Set Up Dramatic Confrontation Between Fairfax, Accusers

In an ominous development for Justin Fairfax, the embattled lieutenant governor of Virginia, his two accusers are poised to testify against him publicly before the Virginia House Courts of Justice Committee.

Republicans have invited the two women, Meredith Watson and Vanessa Tyson. Republican Del. Rob Bell said he wanted them to appear before the panel — along with Fairfax — to give them a “chance to be heard.” Fairfax has already been denounced by many Democrats and placed on leave by his law firm.

Watson’s lawyer said that she would appear and indicated that Tyson will also testify. This sets up a dramatic public confrontation reminiscent of the explosive Supreme Court justice nomination hearings in which Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, outlined her claim that he had sexually assaulted her decades earlier.

Fairfax, 39, who is black, was a rising Democratic star. He has clung onto his post along with Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring after they both admitted to wearing blackface years before they sought political office.

Read more at the Washington Examiner.