Aides to Virginia Democratic Rep. Bobby Scott told ABC News Wednesday that the congressman learned about Dr. Vanessa Tyson's sexual allegations against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax in late December 2017 and early January 2018.

Details: Aides claim that in October 2017, Scott received an email from Tyson — who he says he has known for about a decade — in which she expressed that she was "not a fan" of then-candidate Fairfax. In December 2017, Tyson told Scott that Fairfax had a "MeToo allegation," but did not explain that she was the accuser. She later told the congressman that she had spoken to the Washington Post about the incident and gave his name as a character witness.

  • In a statement, Scott said: "Allegations of sexual assault need to be taken seriously. I have known Professor Tyson for approximately a decade and she is a friend. She deserves the opportunity to have her story heard.”
  • Aides told ABC News that they do not know what Scott did with the allegations Tyson provided, but that he apparently agreed to speak to the Post.

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Trump's new TikTok threat

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President Trump said twice Monday that the U.S. Treasury would need to get a portion of the sale price of TikTok, as a condition of regulatory approval.

Why it matters: This is akin to extortion — the sort of thing you'd expect to hear on a wiretap, not from the White House in front of reporters.

Ford names James Farley as new CEO amid ongoing turnaround effort

James Hackett, left, is retiring as Ford CEO. Jim Farley, right, takes over Oct. 1. Photo: Ford

Ford announced Tuesday that James Farley will take over as its next CEO, replacing James Hackett, 65, who is retiring after three years in the job.

Why it matters: It leaves Farley to complete the company's ongoing turnaround effort. The transition will be that much harder as the industry tries to navigate the coronavirus-induced economic slowdown which shuttered Ford plants for two months on the eve of some of its most important vehicle launches.

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Watch the full "Axios on HBO" interview with President Trump

In this episode of “Axios on HBO”, President Trump discusses his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the upcoming election and much more with National Political Correspondent Jonathan Swan.

The interview was filmed on Tuesday, July 28 and aired Monday, Aug. 3 on HBO.