Feb 10, 2019

Fairfax accusers offer to testify in impeachment hearing

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. Photo: Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Meredith Watson and Vanessa Tyson, who have both accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault, said Saturday they would be willing to speak on their experiences under oath if impeachment proceedings were to move forward.

The state of play: Fairfax issued a new statement on Saturday in which he continued to deny both allegations, claiming the two sexual encounters — one in 2000 and one in 2004 — were consensual. He called for an investigation from authorities, including the FBI, and asked for "space in this moment for due process." Virginia Del. Patrick Hope has said he would introduce articles of impeachment on Monday if Fairfax doesn't step down, tweeting that "the impeachment process is the investigation."

Go deeper: Dozens of Democrats call on Fairfax to resign after second allegation

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Trump calls to fill up more places with oil

President Trump is calling on the Energy Department to find more places to store oil, in the wake of rock-bottom prices and an ensuing economic collapse of the sector itself.

Driving the news: Trump’s comments came Friday during a televised portion of a meeting he hosted with industry CEOs to discuss ways to help the sector. It’s reeling from a historic drop-off in demand with the world shutting down to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4:30 p.m. ET: 1,083,084 — Total deaths: 58,243 — Total recoveries: 225,422Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4:30 p.m. ET: 266,671 — Total deaths: 6,921 — Total recoveries: 9,445Map.
  3. 2020 latest: Wisconsin governor calls for last-minute primary election delay.
  4. Oil latest: The amount of gasoline American drivers are consuming dropped to levels not seen in more than 25 years, government data shows.
  5. Business updates: America's small business bailout is off to a bad start.
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America's small business bailout is off to a bad start

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Websites have crashed, phones are jammed and confusion reigns as businesses rushed at today's kickoff to get their chunk of the $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program.

Why it matters: This is a race to save jobs in the present and the future, and to ensure that as many workers as possible keep their benefits and paychecks during the coronavirus lockdown.