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Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax has been placed on leave by his Washington D.C. law firm as it investigates the sexual assault allegations against him and most of his state staff have quit in the wake of the accusations.
In Virginia, the lieutenant governor's job is a part-time position and additional outside employment is common.
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Fairfax's employer, Morrison Foerster, 'has retained outside counsel to conduct an investigation. During the investigation, Justin Fairfax has taken a leave of absence from Morrison & Foerster. Justin has agreed to cooperate with the firm's investigation,' chairman Larren Nashelsky told the Washington Examiner in a statement.
In his state job, Fairfax has few official duties - he presides over the state Senate and is a potential tie-breaker vote but has few other obligations. The number two job in Virginia pays $36,321 annually and is often a spring board to the gubernatorial mansion.
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Fairfax joined Morrison Foerster in September 2018, seven months after becoming Virginia's lieutenant governor, which was his first elected office.
He is a former prosecutor and 'advises clients on a variety of white collar and commercial litigation matters,' according to his page on the firm's website.
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Fairfax is one of the three top Democrats in the state to be engulfed by scandal after the emergence of two women who accused him of rape in the 2000s. Gov. Ralph Northam is dealing with the fallout of a blackface photo that appeared in his medical school yearbook and state Attorney General Mark Herring admitted to wearing blackface in the past.
All three are dealing with potentially career ending scandals but all have resisted the call from multiple Democratic leaders to resign from office.
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Fairfax has vehemently denied the accusations against him and called for an investigation.
Piling on, two of his three state staffers resigned as did the director and the...
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