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 KaineLawmakers set to host fundraisers focused on Nats' World Series trip The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington mourns loss of Elijah Cummings GOP cautions Graham against hauling Biden before Senate 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 BookerWarren says she will unveil plan to finance 'Medicare for All' Gabbard hits back at 'queen of warmongers' Clinton The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges 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 TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' 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