Senate committee approves investigation into rape allegation

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Senate committee has approved a bipartisan recommendation for an outside investigation into a rape allegation made against state Sen. Joe Fain.

The chamber’s Facilities and Operations Committee on Thursday unanimously approved the decision, though they said they may re-evaluate if the Auburn Republican loses his election in the coming days. Fain led his Democratic opponent, Mona Das, by just 90 votes as of the latest election update Wednesday night and more vote tallies will be released late Thursday. A recount in the race will be triggered if the final tally is less than one half of one percent and also less than 2,000 votes.

In September, Seattle resident Candace Faber tweeted that Fain raped her in 2007, on the night she graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Fain, who has denied the allegation, was not in office at the time at the time of the alleged assault.