Tara Reade, the former staff member who accused Joe Biden of sexual assault, said that the complaint she made to the Senate at the time of the incident in the 1990s did not include the charge of assault.
Reade claims that in 1993, while working in the Senate office, he pinned her to a wall in a Senate building, reached under her clothes, and penetrated her with his fingers.
She has told several newscasts she complained to others at the Biden Senate office at the time, filed a report with the Senate personnel agency, and said she was demoted after the incident. She has not kept a copy of the report and has not been found.
But she told ABC News this week that her complaint to the Senate staff office was that she was “uncomfortable” at work.
She “did not report anything about an alleged attack at the time,” and she has not reported the complaint, the network reported.
Tara Reade, who accused Joe Biden of sexual assault, said the complaint she made to the Senate did not include the charge of assault
Joe Biden has denied the charge of attack
Reade was one of many women who came forward last year to say that touching, hugging, and kissing Biden made them uncomfortable.
She said The New York Times the moment Biden had publicly caressed her neck, wrapped his fingers in her hair and touched her in a way that made her uncomfortable.
She made her sexual assault allegation on March 25 in a podcast interview.
Biden dismissed the charges.
‘It’s not true. I say unequivocally that it never happened and it never happened, ”he told MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski on Friday morning.
Biden’s campaign has also been asked why it will not open its Senate Archives, which are located at the University of Delaware. Originally scheduled to be released two years after leaving the Senate, they will now go public two years after he left public life.
There have been questions as to whether those records contain personal information from his Senate office.
Biden said the archives would not contain any relevant information.
There is a clear, critical part of this story that can be verified. The former employee said she filed a complaint in 1993. However, she has no information about this alleged complaint. The papers of my Senate years that I donated to the University of Delaware do not include personnel files. It is the custom of senators to set up a library of personal documents that document their public documents: speeches, policy proposals, positions taken and bill-writing, ” he said in a lengthy statement on Reade’s allegation on Friday.
Brzezinski, during Biden’s interview on ‘Morning Joe’, repeatedly asked him why he didn’t want to open his personal papers.
“Why not just look for Tara Reade’s name?” she asked.
“Who is looking for it?” Biden replied.
“The University of Delaware? Maybe you have set up a committee that can do this? I do not know. Which is the fairest way to create the most transparency, ”Brzezinski noted.
“Look, Mika, she said she made a report,” said Biden. “She still has her employment history. She said she had filed a report with the only office that would have a report in the U.S. Senate at the time. If a report was ever submitted, it was submitted there, period. ‘
Biden said the National Archives would keep the Senate workers’ records and he asked the national depositary to look for such an archive.
‘There is only one place where such a complaint could be: the National Archives. The archives are kept in the National Archives in what was then called the Office of Fair Employment Practices. I request the Secretary of the Senate to ask the archives to identify any document of the complaint she claims to have made and to make it available to the press. If there was ever such a complaint, the record will be there, “he said in his statement.
But a spokesman for the National Archives said Business insider that the Senate labor registers, which were with the Office of Fair Employment Practices in the 1990s, were not with them, but were subject to a Senate resolution requiring that “ registers with personal privacy, information closed by law and registers of appointment of executives closed for 50 years. ‘
So if Reade’s complaint was filed with the Office of Fair Employment Practices, the record will remain closed until 2043 – more than two decades from now.
The National Archives spokesperson also said filing a complaint in the 1990s was long and difficult, involved multiple steps and could have discouraged an investigation. Capitol Hill continues to deal with the way complaints are filed and handled after several lawmakers were accused of harassment after the #metoo movement.
Around the time Biden launched his presidential campaign, several women came forward to say that they felt uncomfortable when the former vice president would do things like squeeze their shoulders or touch their hair. Biden eventually apologized for his behavior and promised to be more aware in the future.
But Reade is the only woman to describe an assault charge against Biden who has emphasized his work on women’s issues.
Biden stressed in his first public comments on Friday’s allegation that Reade has the right to be heard and that her allegation should be investigated.
“Every woman must come forward and be heard and then it must be examined. If there is anything consistent with what is being said and she is advocating for the matter to be done then it must be believed, “he said. “It should be looked at at the end of the day. These claims are not true. They are not true. ‘
But he also pointed out her story as inconsistencies.
“Women are believable for the benefit of the doubt. If they come up and say something they said happened to them, they should start by assuming they are telling the truth, then you have to look at the circumstances and the facts. The facts in this case never happened. There are so many inconsistencies in this case. Look at the fact. I can assure you it didn’t happen, period, period, ”he added.
He refused to personally attack Reade.
“I’m not going to question her motive. I will not go into that. I’m not going to chase Tara Reade for saying these things. Are they the facts? Do any of the things she said are they right? It never happened, “he said.
Tara Reade posted this phoot to Twitter in April and wrote: In honor of the April Sexual Assault information month, I will stand and voice my voice. 1993 was the year when I was sexually harassed and attacked by Joe Biden, my then boss. The smears and inaccuracies about me will not take my dignity or change what happened. This was me 1993
Joe Biden said all documents of a complaint Reade had filed would be with the National Archives
The National Archives said they have no labor registration in the Senate
The Times, in published his long piece about the incident spoke to several former Senate executives and interns in that office at the beginning of April about the accusation, along with supporters of Reade.
A friend of Reade told it The times Reade told her the details of the allegation at the time. Another friend and Reade’s brother said she told them over the years about a traumatic sexual incident involving Biden.
In any event, however, the article did not conclude on whether or not the attack would take place.
Reade first told her story journalist Katie Halper in front of her Podcast ‘Katie Halper Show’ on March 25.
From that moment on, Business Insider has produced report confirming Reade’s allegations.
A neighbor of Reade Business Insider said that she remembered hearing about the alleged attack in the era when Reade said the incident occurred.
“This happened, and I know it happened because I remember talking about it,” she told the publication.
Another source, a woman named Lorraine Sanchez who worked with Reade in a state senator’s office in the mid-1990s, told the publication she recalled that Reade said she was fired after worrying her former boss about sexual harassment.
These women emerged after a clip appeared in which Reade’s mother’s voice was reportedly calling ‘Larry King Live’ in 1993 and asking her daughter to go to the media about a ‘prominent senator’ who is behaving badly.
In her first interview with Halper, Reade said the attack occurred after she was told to deliver a sports bag to the then-senator. Reade said she tracked down Biden on Capitol Hill and he remembered her name.
“And then we were alone. And it was the strangest thing. There was really no exchange, he just pushed me against the wall, “she said.
She said she was wearing a work skirt, but no tights.
“He just pressed me against the wall and the wall was cold,” she said. “His hands were on me and under my clothes. He went down my skirt and then inside and penetrated me with his fingers. He kissed me at the same time, ”she said.
She said that when she “withdrew,” Biden “looked annoyed.”
Reade said Biden said to her, “Come on man, I heard you liked me.”
“He suggested I did this,” she told the podcast presenter.
Joe Biden statement on sexual assault allegation
April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Every year we are currently talking about awareness, prevention and the importance of women who feel they can step forward, say something and be heard. That belief – that women should be heard – was the basis of a law I wrote over 25 years ago. To this day, I am most proud of the Violence Against Women Act. So, every April we are reminded not only how far we have come in dealing with sexual assault in this country, but also how far we have yet to go.
When I wrote the bill, few wanted to talk about the matter. It was considered a private matter, a personal affair, a family affair. I didn’t see it that way. For me, freedom from fear, harm and violence for women was a legal right, a civil right and a human right. And I knew that we had to change not only the law, but also the culture.
So for hours we held hearings and heard from the most incredibly brave women – and we opened the eyes of the Senate and the nation – and passed the law.
In the years that followed, I fought to continuously strengthen the law. So when we took office and President Obama asked me what I wanted, I told him I wanted to oversee the crucial appointments in the Office on Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice, and I wanted a senior White House advisor to direct me appointed to the problem. Both things have happened.
As vice president, we started the “It’s on Us” campaign on college campuses to make the message loud and clear that dating violence is violence – and against the law.
We had to involve men. They had to be part of the solution. That’s why I told young men that this was also their problem – they couldn’t blindly look at what was going on around them – they had the responsibility to speak out. Silence is complicity.
In the 26 years since the law was passed, culture and perceptions have changed, but we’re not done yet.
It is up to us and it is up to me as someone who wants to lead this country. I recognize my responsibility to be a voice, a lawyer and a leader for the culture change that has begun but is far from over. So I want to address allegations from a former employee I made 27 years ago.
They are wrong. This never happened.
While the details of these sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations are complicated, two things are not complicated. One is that women deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and if they step forward, they should be heard and not be silenced. The second is that their stories should be appropriately researched and explored.
Responsible news organizations should investigate and evaluate the full and growing number of inconsistencies in her story, which have changed repeatedly in both minor and major ways.
But so much emphasized.
She said that she raised some of these issues with my manager and senior executives at the time. They – men and women alike – have said unequivocally that she never came to them and complained or raised any issues. News organizations that have spoken to literally dozens of former staffers have not found one – not one – that confirmed her claims in any way. Indeed, many of them spoke of the culture of an office that would in no way tolerate harassment – as I would not have done.
There is a clear, critical part of this story that can be verified. The former employee said she filed a complaint in 1993. However, she has no information about this alleged complaint. The papers of my Senate years that I donated to the University of Delaware do not include personnel files. It is the custom of senators to establish a library of personal documents that document their public documents: speeches, policy proposals, positions taken and account writing.
There is only one place where such a complaint could be: the National Archives. The archives are kept in the National Archives in what was then called the Office of Fair Employment Practices. I request the Secretary of the Senate to ask the archives to identify any document of the complaint she claims to have made and to make it available to the press. If ever there was such a complaint, the record will be there.
As a presidential candidate, I am accountable to the American people. We’ve lived long enough with a president who doesn’t think he is accountable to anyone and takes responsibility for nothing. I’m not that. I think being accountable means having difficult conversations, even if they are uncomfortable. People must hear the truth.
I have spent my career teaching women how to step up as individuals and as policymakers to make their hard work easier, with equal pay, equal opportunities, and workplaces and homes free from violence and harassment. I know how crucial women’s health problems and fundamental women’s rights are. That has been a constant in my career, and that will continue as president. And I will continue to learn from women, listen to women, support women and yes, to ensure that women’s voices are heard.
We have a lot of work to do. From confronting online harassment, abuse and stalking to ending the rape kit backlog, to tackling the deadly combination of weapons and domestic violence.
We must protect and strengthen the most marginalized communities, including immigrant and indigenous women, trans women and colored women.
We must ensure that ending gender-based violence is a top priority in both the United States and the rest of the world.
I started work over 25 years ago when I took over the Violence Against Women Act. As president, I am committed to getting the job done.