Dem analyst says Fairfax allegations should be vetted before calls are made for him to resign

Democratic analyst and columnist Jonathan Harris said on Monday that the allegations against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) should be vetted before calls are made for him to resign. 

"When somebody makes an allegation, I think they should be vetted," Harris told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on "Rising." 

"But I think to throw the person out the moment an allegation is made is wrong. I think you should investigate it, see if it happened, see if there's any way to find if the person did or did not do it, and then you can take the proper steps," he continued. 

Numerous Democrats, including Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — McConnell, Kaine offer bill to raise tobacco buying age to 21 | Measles outbreak spreads to 24 states | Pro-ObamaCare group launches ad blitz to protect Dems McConnell, Kaine introduce bill to raise tobacco purchasing age from 18 to 21 MORE (D-Va.), the Virginia Democratic Party and various 2020 presidential candidates, have called on Fairfax to step down after two women came forward to accuse him of sexual assault. 

Fairfax on Saturday called on the FBI to investigate the allegations against him. 

"I think [Sen.] Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Sanders pledges to only nominate Supreme Court justices that support Roe v. Wade From dive bars to steakhouses: How Iowa caucus staffers blow off steam MORE [D-N.J.] asked him to resign, and I'm just like can you hang on a second? Wait and see if there's anything to the claims, otherwise, you can just make claims all you want to get people out of office, which I think is dangerous," he said. 

Harris said that he believed the same standard should be applied to the sexual misconduct accusations facing President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE

"Of all of the things I have called Trump, a racist, a sexist, a misogynist, because he's all of those things, I don't call him a predator because we don't have any proof that that is one of the things he did," he said.  

— Julia Manchester