Report on Northam’s yearbook photo finished

During a press conference at the Governor's Mansion in February, Gov. Ralph Northam denied appearing in a KKK yearbook photo but admitted to moonwalking in blackface. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

The investigation into the racist photo found on Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page is reportedly complete and results are expected to be released Wednesday at a news conference.

Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk did not respond to a request from the Mercury to confirm the announcement.

However, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, WAVY TV, The Washington Post and other outlets all report that the investigation commissioned by the school and conducted by a team from the McGuireWoods law firm led by former U.S. Attorney Richard Cullen is finished.

The photo of two people, one in a KKK costume and the other in blackface, was first published by a conservative blog and threatened to torpedo what had until then been a successful term for the Democratic governor, who faced widespread calls to resign.

Northam first apologized for the photo, then insisted he wasn’t in it before admitting he had worn blackface on another occasion. Ever since, he has struggled to find his political footing, with members of his own party keeping him at arm’s length as they gear up to try to take control of the General Assembly this session.