Biden has asked the Secretary of the Senate to search its records for Tara Reade’s complaint, but this won’t make the problem go away after even the NY Times called for a search of Biden’s Senate archives housed at U. Delaware.
The Tara Reade allegations are not going away, and with the mainstream media even asking for the Delaware senate records to be searched, it looks like Joe Biden is in a real bind.
The New York Times is also not happy that Biden himself and his campaign are claiming—falsely—that the Times concluded the alleged incident with Reade “did not happen,” stating that their “investigation made no conclusion either way.”
The New York Times is pushing back against talking points circulated by presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s presidential campaign that the paper says inaccurately cite its reporting to rebut a sexual assault allegation.
The talking points, whose existence was first reported Monday evening by BuzzFeed News, “inaccurately suggest” that the paper’s investigation into the allegation detailed by a former Biden aide, Tara Reade, did not happen, the Times said Wednesday.
“BuzzFeed reported on the existence of talking points being circulated by the Biden campaign that inaccurately suggest a New York Times investigation found that Tara Reade’s allegation ‘did not happen,'” Danielle Rhoades Ha, the paper’s vice president of communications, told the Washington Free Beacon in an email. “Our investigation made no conclusion either way.”
The Biden campaign is asking supporters to lean into the Times report as evidence of Biden’s innocence. “In this case, a thorough review by the New York Times has led to the truth: this incident did not happen,” they say.
The New York Times called for the DNC to do an “unbiased”, “apolitical” investigation into Joe Biden’s records.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 3, 2020
DNC Chair Tom Perez just told ABC that Biden has "been an open book" but opposes opening the records at Delaware. Raddatz did a great job but Perez continued to insist that there is nothing there but opposes any effort to look if there is anything there. https://t.co/eUsuqoOZfD
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) May 3, 2020
As they say, when you’re a Democrat and you’ve lost WaPo and the Times . . . .
After first insisting that the records not be searched for Reade’s complaint when she called for its release, Biden apparently sees the writing on the wall and is now requesting that the Secretary of the Senate search for it.
— Dave Catanese (@davecatanese) May 1, 2020
2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden requested Friday that the secretary of the Senate locate any complaint made by his accuser Tara Reade.
The former vice president issued a letter to Secretary Julie Adams asking for her to find out whether Reade ever issued a sexual harassment complaint against him.
Biden’s request follows his Friday morning appearance on MSNBC where he denied Reade’s allegations and said that if any such complaint existed, it would be in the National Archives.
But the National Archives told the Daily Caller News Foundation that this is incorrect information: “any records of Senate personnel complaints from 1993 would have remained under the control of the Senate.”
Biden notes in his letter to Adams that he previously understood that such a complaint would be in the possession of the National Archives but has been since informed that it would be under the control of the Senate.
. . . . Biden notes in his letter to Adams that he previously understood that such a complaint would be in the possession of the National Archives but has been since informed that it would be under the control of the Senate.
“I am writing to request your assistance in determining whether 27 years ago a staff member in my United States office filed a complaint alleging sexual harassment,” Biden wrote in the letter.
“According to public reports, the staff member, Ms. Tara Reade, has stated that in 1993 she filed such a complaint with the office responsible for enforcing the Senate employees’ rights in the workplace,” Biden states in the letter.
Biden asks Adams to “take or direct” any necessary steps to find the complaint and to make its results public.
“I would ask that the public release include not only a complaint if one exists, but any and all other documents in the records that relate to the allegation,” he concludes.
Hopefully, the search won’t be limited to that for the words “sexual harassment.”
This @AP headline is incredibly misleading. Whether or not Tara Reade used the word "harassment" in her alleged complaint, what she describes here fits the legal definition of harassment. This was 1993; "harassment" had barely just entered the lexicon. https://t.co/bBBn8qg9H5
— Jessica Bennett (@jessicabennett) May 2, 2020
Other outlets are also seeking information about the complaint.
.@businessinsider has filed a public-records request with the university seeking a copy of the original agreement that Biden signed when donating his records, any changes and correspondence about it, and the sign-in sheet to access the department where the records are stored.
— Nicole Einbinder (@NicoleEinbinder) May 1, 2020
Meanwhile, the DNC is trying to protect Biden with a laughable assertion.
In response to the NYT editorial board’s suggestion that the DNC assemble an “unbiased, apolitical panel” to inventory Biden’s Senate papers, DNC communications director @XochitlHinojosa calls this an “absurd suggestion on its face” and argues Biden has already been fully vetted. pic.twitter.com/QgrPJT6svh
— Ruby Cramer (@rubycramer) May 2, 2020
They’re tying themselves in knots.
Clinton Campaign Manager Patti Solis Doyle on CNN's Smerconish declared that no full search of the Biden papers at Delaware should be allowed. She also said Biden, unlike Kavanaugh, has said "here are all my papers." But she just supported his refusal to open up his papers…
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) May 2, 2020
How long can Democrats keep holding out, hoping this will go away?
How long will Dem establishment, which threw its weight behind Biden, hang on, going to bed each night wondering if TOMORROW will be the day a devastating document is found? That 'tomorrow' could come any day until election day. https://t.co/7NHotwgLSA
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) May 2, 2020
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