The two women are calling for public hearings, Democrats are refusing.

Via CBS:

Virginia House Democrats are deferring to law enforcement officials to carry out their investigation into accusations that Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted two women. This comes after a delegate in the Virginia legislature backed down from calls he made to impeach Fairfax.

Democrat Patrick Hope had threatened to introduce articles of impeachment against Fairfax, telling reporters that there is “no question that violent sexual assault qualifies as an impeachable high crime.” Hope said that he had drafted language for his colleagues as a first step to take action against the Lt. Governor.

But the Virginia House Democrats said in a statement on Tuesday that they believe the investigation into Fairfax should “proceed unencumbered and outside the political arena.” They reiterated their calls for Fairfax to resign, but added “we are willing to work in a bipartisan manner with members of the General Assembly on a path forward.”

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