‘Believing women…whether it’s politically convenient or not’: AOC Likes Article Corroborating Tara Reade’s Claims Against Biden
In a surprise twist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez liked an article on Twitter Tuesday that supported a woman who has long claimed she was sexually assaulted decades ago by former Vice President Joe Biden.
The article posted to Twitter had two independent witnesses corroborating the accusations made by Tara Reade, a former Biden aide, regarding sexual assault allegations that resurfaced in March against the Democratic 2020 presidential hopeful.
Moreover, Ocasio-Cortez’s liked Tweet from Jessica Valenti, a feminist author and GenMag columnist, read: “Believing women means doing so whether it’s politically convenient or not.”
Reade, a former Senate staffer for Biden, is alleging that the former lawmaker sexually assaulted her in 1993 when she was working in his Washington D.C. office. Her brother, Collin Moulton, also came forward telling Business Insider he remembered his sister saying Biden “had his hand under her clothes at some point.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitter reaction comes after she pledged last week to vote for Biden in November and as so many of her Democratic colleagues, who were part of the outspoken “believe women” crowd during the Brett Kavanaugh supreme court confirmation hearings and the #MeToo Movement, remain silent on Reade’s accusations. For example, The Daily Caller’s Henry Rodgers recently asked every Senate Democrat to comment on Reade’s claims, giving them 24 hours to respond, but not a single one responded.
NEW: The @DailyCaller contacted EVERY Senate Democrat about the sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden, asking every one of them if they would even CONSIDER the allegations. Not one responded. Ample time was given. Read more here: https://t.co/bZ8EyruXXA
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) April 26, 2020
Several sources close to Reade, both then and now, have since come forward to corroborate her claims and Rep. Ocasio Cortez’s liked Tweet brings some of the most recent of those to light.
Lynda LaCasse, Reade’s former neighbor, told the Insider Tuesday of Reade’s claims, “This happened, and I know it did because I remember talking about it.” LaCasse was Reade’s next-door neighbor at the time, according to the news site.
The Insider also spoke with Lorraine Sanchez, Reade’s former colleague in a California state senator’s office in the mid-90’s, who “recalls Reade complaining at the time that her former boss in Washington, DC, had sexually harassed her, and that she had been fired after raising concerns.”
#BREAKING: HERE is the video from August 11,1993's 'Larry King Live' described by @TheIntercept (and Tara Reade) as allegedly featuring her mother calling in and alluding to Reade's sexual assault claims against @JoeBiden (blog here by @ScottJW) https://t.co/fCgEqBnX7n pic.twitter.com/V5FGHskv56
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 24, 2020
In a recent interview with The Intercept, Reade described an anonymous phone call her mother made to “Larry King Live” asking for advice for her daughter who was “sexually harassed and retaliated against” while working for a “prominent senator.” The Media Research Center later uncovered the damning clip from a 1993 airing of King’s show on CNN (above).
Biden, himself, hasn’t acknowledged Reade’s allegations, but his campaign continues to deny them.
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On June 20, Special Counsel John Durham will testify appear before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door briefing. The next day, he will testify in front of the Judiciary Committee about his 300-page reportdetailing his investigation into the FBI probe of alleged collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian officials.
The news broke Friday that Durham will be testifying on the report, which found the Department of Justice and the FBI did not have “any actual evidence of collusion” between Russian officials and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Instead, the agencies began their Crossfire Hurricane investigation based on “raw, unanalyzed, and uncorroborated intelligence,” the report said. “Based on the review of Crossfire Hurricane and related intelligence activities, we conclude that the Department and the FBI failed to uphold their mission of strict fidelity to the law in connection with certain events and activities described in this report,” Durham wrote.
The report also confirmed that the FBI did not give due consideration to the possibility that the Steele Dossier, which was used to obtain a FISA warrant to surveil Trump campaign aide Carter Page, was Russian disinformation.
FBI leaders displayed “serious lack of analytical rigor,” according to Durham, and they relied significantly on. “investigative leads provided or funded (directly or indirectly) by Trump’s political opponents,” referring to staffers and allies of then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, whose campaign funded the Steele dossier through its law firm Perkins Coie.
National Review reminds readers, “The dossier was created by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele and accused Trump and his campaign aides of collaborating with Kremlin officials.”
Durham released his report nearly four years after then-attorney general Bill Barr tasked him with investigation the origins of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.
The FBI responded to the report in saying that the “conduct in 2016 and 2017 that Special Counsel Durham examined was the reason that current FBI leadership already implemented dozens of corrective actions, which have now been in place for some time.”
“Had those reforms been in place in 2016, the missteps identified in the report could have been prevented,” the bureau said. “This report reinforces the importance of ensuring the FBI continues to do its work with the rigor, objectivity, and professionalism the American people deserve and rightly expect.”
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