Former Vice President and likely 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden broke his silence on former Senate staffer Tara Reade’s allegations that he sexually assaulted her when she worked for him in 1993, during an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Friday.
Although he denied Reade’s claims that he kissed her, touched her and penetrated her with his fingers without her consent, there are questions remaining after his campaign sent operatives to access his Senate records held by the University of Delaware’s library, Business Insider first reported.
Biden, however, insisted that there’s no mention of Reade there and that there’s no need to make those records public.
Mika Brzezinski presses Joe Biden on opening up his Senate records at the University of Delaware:
"Are you certain there was nothing about Tara Reade in those records?"
"I am absolutely certain."
"If so, why not approve a search of her name in those records?" pic.twitter.com/f2pCXiWCyd
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 1, 2020
“The fact is that there’s a lot of things of speeches I’ve made, of positions I’ve taken, interviews that I did overseas with people. All of those things related to my job. And the idea that they would all be made public in the fact while I was running for public office, they could be really taken out of context,” he said.
He added, “The papers are position papers, they are documents that existed and that, for example, when I met with Putin, or when I met with whomever. And all of that to be fodder in a campaign at this time, I don’t know of anybody who’s done anything like that.”
Despite his refusal to release the Delaware records, Biden said he will allow for a National Archives search as it’s “the only place there would be anything having to do with personnel records.”
Further, Biden said he wouldn’t allow a search of Reade’s name in the Delaware records, insisting that “there is nothing, they’re not there.” He continued, “I don’t understand the point you’re trying to make. There are no personnel records by definition.”
Several witnesses have come forward to corroborate Reade’s claims including her brother, Collin Moulton, who recently told the Business Insider he remembered his sister saying Biden “had his hand under her clothes at some point.”
Two other independent witnesses came forward, including Lynda LaCasse, Reade’s next-door neighbor at the time, who told the Insider, “This happened, and I know it did because I remember talking about it.” Lorraine Sanchez, Reade’s former colleague in a California state senator’s office in the mid-90’s, recently said she “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,” she told the news site.
#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
Reade recently told The Intercept of 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 recently uncovered the damning clip from a 1993 airing of King’s show on CNN (above).