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 KaineThree pros and three cons to Biden picking Harris Hillary Clinton roasts NYT's Maureen Dowd over column Ex-USAID employee apologizes, denies sending explosive tweets 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 BookerCalifornia Dems back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup Obamas, Clintons to headline Biden's nominating convention Senators ask for removal of tariffs on EU food, wine, spirits: report 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 TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district 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