Gayle King checks Governor Northam, when he tries to pretty up slavery

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The seemingly weird euphemism immediately drew criticism and mockery, yet some tried to defend the embattled governor noting he was "technically" correct to call that particular group "indentured servants", because the term "slavery" was only introduced in Virginia state laws in 1661.

Fairfax, who is African-American, has said that encounters with both women were consensual.

While denying the allegations, Fairfax called on authorities, including the FBI, to conduct a full investigation.

Shortly after Caleb Hull "exposed" Gov. Northam saying it would be legal to kill a baby born alive if that is what the mother wanted, a 1984 medical yearbook photo surfaced from Northam's own yearbook page showing two individuals in blackface and a KKK costume.

The attorney for a woman who accuses Virginia's lieutenant governor of rape in 2000 says her client is willing to testify in front of the state legislature if an impeachment hearing takes place.

Looking ahead, Northam said he has asked his cabinet secretaries to come up with specific proposals to begin addressing issues of inequality, such as expanding access to healthcare, housing and transportation, and to begin reporting suggestions this week. Tyson claims Fairfax assaulted her in 2004 when they both attended the Democratic National Convention.

Ralph Northam, during a campaign stop at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in 2017, is facing calls to resign after a picture showing him in blackface or a KKK outfit emerged on February 1, 2019.

Northam said he had been especially affected by a conversation with a black lawmaker, whom he declined to name, on the topic of blackface.

He called on "all appropriate and impartial investigatory authorities, including the FBI", to investigate the claims.

"I have passed two full field background checks by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and run for office in two highly contested elections with nothing like this being raised before", he said.

Many elected officials and presidential hopefuls have called for Fairfax to resign after two women went public with allegations of sexual assault this week.

Increasing the controversy surrounding top Democrats in Virginia further, the state's Attorney General Mark Herring preemptively revealed that he had previously worn black face as a teenager when he dressed as a rapper for a party. Patrick Hope, said he intends to introduce articles of impeachment against Fairfax on Monday if Fairfax hasn't resigned by then.

The possibility of all three top-ranked leaders of Virginia's executive branch having to resign raised the prospect of Democrats losing the governorship to the Republican Speaker of the state House of Delegates, who is next in the line of succession. He made clear he is not immediately resigning and called for "space in this moment for due process".

Republicans, including Trump, have predicted the scandal plaguing Virginia's top Democratic officials will give them the opportunity to make political gains in a state that's increasingly voted for Democrats in recent elections.

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