Hypocrisy alert: The Virginia Democrat who was told about the sexual assault allegation against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax in 2017 urged the U.S. Senate not to vote for then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh over uncorroborated allegations of sexual assault.
Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) was told about the sexual assault allegation against Fairfax in late 2017 by the accuser herself, Vanessa Tyson.
"Allegations of sexual assault need to be taken seriously," Scott told ABC News in a statement. "I have known Professor Tyson for approximately a decade and she is a friend. She deserves the opportunity to have her story heard."
Scott, however, is not calling for Fairfax to step down and it is unclear what, if anything, he did with the information his friend gave him. WTVR reports that Scott’s name was given to The Washington Post, who was investigating her claims, as someone who could “attest to her character.”
Scott spoke to the reporter looking into the allegation, according to WTVR, and learned more about her claims. We don’t know what was said, just that he spoke to the Post, which declined to run Tyson’s allegation.
Rewind back to October 2018, and we see Scott calling for U.S. senators to vote against confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, in part because of the sexual assault allegations against him, which Scott called “credible”:
Aside from significant concerns about his judicial record, Judge Kavanaugh’s appearance last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee demonstrated that he lacks both the judicial temperament and impartiality required of judges who sit on any court of law, especially the United States Supreme Court. There are also serious questions about whether Judge Kavanaugh has been honest in answering questions on multiple topics throughout his confirmation process. Finally, there are real concerns about how the White House did not allow the FBI to conduct a fair and thorough investigation into Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s claims or other credible allegations of sexual misconduct against Judge Kavanaugh. For all of these reasons, I urge my colleagues in the Senate to reject this nomination.
Fairfax vehemently denied the allegation against him, as did Kavanaugh. For this, Kavanaugh was considered to be too temperamental to serve as a judge, yet no one is suggesting Fairfax doesn’t have the right temperament to serve as lieutenant governor (for the record, I don’t think denying allegations that you believe are false should cause anyone to be considered unfit for office).
Scott’s office did not return a Daily Wire inquiry into whether he believes the allegation against Fairfax is “credible,” as he believed the Kavanaugh allegations were.
Tyson released a statement on Wednesday detailing her allegations against Fairfax. In it, she claimed she never spoke to Fairfax after the alleged assault. In a statement released earlier by Fairfax, he said Tyson “stayed in touch” with him in the months following the encounter.
In another twist, Tyson has hired the same attorneys who represented Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh’s first accuser. Fairfax has hired the same attorneys who represented Kavanaugh.