(JustPatriots.com)- Five people questioned by the FBI claim that federal investigators are looking into the genesis of two complaints made against Justin Fairfax, the lieutenant governor of Virginia at the time.
In the same week that the state’s governor, Ralph Northam, was in the news for a yearbook photo that could have shown him in blackface or wearing a Klan costume, Fairfax was accused of sexual assault by two women in February 2019.
Since the outset, Fairfax has angrily denied the accusations and has demanded a criminal probe. He sued CBS News for defamation in late 2019 after their interviews with the two purported victims, Meredith Watson and Vanessa Tyson. In it, Fairfax argues that the accusations made against him are inconsistent in a number of ways and charges his political adversaries with seeking to coordinate the widespread publication of the women’s claims.
The FBI is looking into whether money or other benefits were offered to Vanessa Tyson and Heather McDonald around the time of their allegations against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.
Fairfax has said he was interviewed by the FBI for nearly three hours in June with no attorney present. On February 1, a conservative news outlet published photos of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and another man in blackface in his medical school yearbook. On Sunday, a professor made an allegation against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax that he forced her to perform oral sex at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Some reporters were already aware of the allegation, as she had made a version of it to the Washington Post in fall 2017.
On Monday, Fairfax issued a public denial, and The Post used it as a hook to run their own story. A second woman said that Fairfax raped her while they were students together at Duke University. In a 2019 interview, Tyson said there was an additional witness to the encounter with Fairfax and that she left the room after he sexually assaulted her. He says they met twice and that the first encounter lasted 15 minutes and was entirely consensual. Tyson has said she never reached out to him after the convention, but he disputes this.
He told The Intercept that he began sending information to the FBI “on an ongoing basis” starting in 2019. The FBI interviewed four people who worked for former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) and asked whether they knew of a $16,000 payment allegedly made to one of the accusers by Stoney’s political operation. Stoney is close to McAuliffe, serving in his cabinet during McAuliffe’s term as governor from 2014 to 2016. Three other sources who spoke with the FBI on June 22 said that the agents inquired about money being directed toward one or both women.