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 KaineDem senator wants Trump to extend immigration protections to Venezuelans Pentagon sends Congress list of projects that could lose funds to Trump's emergency declaration The Hill's Morning Report - 2020 Dems grapple with race, gender and privilege 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 BookerHere's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Booker endorses New Jersey marijuana legalization bill 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 TrumpMueller report findings could be a 'good day' for Trump, Dem senator says Trump officials heading to China for trade talks next week Showdown looms over Mueller report 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