“Four weeks ago, our Republican colleagues stood with us to launch a bipartisan, independent investigation into Candace Faber’s rape allegation against Sen. Joe Fain. That action demonstrated this institution’s dedication to put politics aside in the pursuit of a safe environment for survivors to come forward, and for those accused of such behavior to receive fair treatment.
“Unfortunately, Senator Becker’s letter yesterday has made it clear that this investigation cannot proceed. In light of Republican leadership’s reversal of their support in facilitating a fair, unbiased investigation, the only option available is for the Secretary of the Senate to suspend the process of hiring an investigator.
“I regret this outcome, but none of this changes the diligent efforts our Legislature has made, and continues to make, in creating a better culture in our legislative community. We must work together to do better on behalf of both survivors and those accused of this behavior.”
This statement was provided by the Washington State Senate Democratic Caucus.