Joe Biden denied the charge of sexual assault by a former member of his Senate staff on Friday.
“They are not true. This never happened, “said Biden in a statement he made shortly before appearing on MSNBC’s” Morning Joe. “
It is the first time that the former vice president has brought charges against him.
The suspected Democratic nominee was pressured to denounce the allegations made by Tara Reade, a former Senate executive, who said in 1993 that Biden put his hands in her skirt and penetrated her in a conference.
Biden does not mention Reade by name in his statement, but refers to her as his former employee.
Biden pointed out that no other employee of his Senate office could verify her claims.
“She said that she raised some of these issues with my supervisors and supervisors at my office 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 with the culture of an office that would in no way tolerate harassment – as I would indeed not do, ”he noted.
The former vice president came under pressure from Democrats to deal with the charge personally. His campaign repeatedly denied it, but Biden had not discussed it.
His campaign has also been asked why it will not open its Senate Archives, which are at the University of Delaware, and become public two years after it leaves public life.
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 establish a library of personal documents that document their public documents: speeches, policy proposals, positions taken, and bill-writing, “he said.
But Biden said the National Archives would keep Senate personnel records and asked the national depositary to look for such a file.
‘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, ”said Biden.
In March, when a major newscast began reporting on the story, his deputy campaign leader and communications director, Kate Bedingfield, made a statement.
“Women have a right to tell their story and journalists have a duty to scrutinize those claims. We encourage them to do this because these allegations are false, “said Bedingfield.
Joe Biden, the presumed Democrat candidate, has not addressed Reade’s sexual assault charges head-on, with his campaign denying a statement in March, as more mainstream stores started picking up the story. He’ll be on ‘Morning Joe’ Friday
Tara Reade told The New York Times media columnist on Wednesday that she was not asked to do a sit-down interview about her allegations against Joe Biden by one of the main regular news networks
Joe Biden appears on ‘Morning Joe’ on Friday, with co-hosts Mika Brzezinsk (left), Joe Scarborough (right) and Willie Geist
The campaign also featured news outlets featuring a character witness: Marianne Baker, an executive assistant to Biden from 1982 to 2000.
“In all my years working for Senator Biden, I have never witnessed, heard of, or received reports of inappropriate behavior, period – not from Mrs. Reade, from anyone,” said Baker in a campaign statement.
“I have absolutely no knowledge or memory of Mrs. Reade’s reporting of events that would have left a crushing impression on me as a professional and manager,” Baker continued.
“These obviously false statements contradict both the inner workings of our Senate agency and the man I know and worked with so closely for nearly two decades,” added Baker.
Meanwhile Reade spoke to The New York Times on Wednesday ‘ media columnist Ben Smith on what appeared to be uneven media coverage compared to women who have made allegations against conservatives, including President Trump and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
She said major networks “don’t offer to put me on TV – they only do stories. No anchors, no such thing. ‘
Reade’s first story was told through a podcast and publications that were friendly to Bernie Sanders’ side of the Democratic Party.
It was first told for her to journalist Katie Halper Podcast ‘Katie Halper Show’ on March 25.
Halper is friendly to Sanders – who was still in the race at the time. The Intercept, another Sanders-friendly publication, also did early reporting.
Reade also supported Sanders in tweets – which affected the progressive versus moderate democratic split shown in the last two presidential primaries, tarnishing the Biden prosecution’s claims.
From that moment on, Business Insider has produced report confirming Reade’s allegations.
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.
At first, Reade wouldn’t mention the other quote that got stuck in her head, but then she told Halper what it was.
“You’re not for me,” she said, the senator told her. ‘Nothing.’
Reade shared her interview with Halper on her now-locked Twitter account, adding, “Please stay in Bernie.”
Earlier this week, MSNBC rebelled for treating Reade’s story with the hashtag #FireChrisHayes trending on Twitter after New York Magazine’s ‘All In’ host Rebecca Traister.
Traister had written a piece called ‘The Biden Trap’ criticizing the former vice president for not responding directly to the allegation of sexual assault.
That led to his female surrogates – and his ultimate female vice-presidential choice – “drinking from a poisoned chalice,” Traister wrote.
“Because the promise of choosing a woman means whoever she is, she will have to answer over and over again about Biden’s treatment of other women, including the serious allegations of sexual assault by Tara Reade,” Traister said in the essay.
Biden’s passivity has put female surrogates in difficult positions.
Football star Megan Rapinoe – who previously supported Biden’s main rival Elizabeh Warren – appeared on Instagram Live Thursday with ex-vice president and wife Jill and was apologized for not asking about Reade.
“You have always been my hero. Why didn’t you ask him about the allegations of sexual assault? I’m really disappointed with what I thought you were, ‘an Instagram user complained.
House speaker Nancy Pelosi lashed out at a reporter on Thursday morning for pointing out her very different response to sexual assault claims against Kavanaugh versus Biden.
“Well, let me just say, I respect your question and I don’t need a lecture or speech,” said Pelosi. “I fully respect the Me Too movement. I have four daughters and a son, and there is a lot of excitement around the idea of women being heard and heard. ‘
“There is also a fair trial,” said Pelosi.
She previously said she was “satisfied” with Biden’s response to the charges.
Pelosi endorsed Biden as president earlier this week.
Stacey Abrams, likely on the list of female vice-presidential choices, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a formally hopeful 2020, have also received warmth for their support of Biden.