Joe Biden Denies Tara Reade’s Sexual Assualt Allegation

Though his campaign has publicly denied a sexual assault allegation made against him, former Vice President Joe Biden has not addressed it directly until now.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee broke his silence himself on the sexual assault allegation Tara Reade, a former staffer while he was a senator, made against him.

Starting out his statement on Friday, Biden addressed the belief “that women should be heard” being the “underpinning of a law [Violence Against Women Act] I wrote over 25 years ago.”

“To me, freedom from fear, harm, and violence for women was a legal right, a civil right, and a human right,” he said. “And I knew we had to change not only the law, but the culture.”

“I recognize my responsibility to be a voice, an advocate, and a leader for the change in culture that has begun but is nowhere near finished. So I want to address allegations by a former staffer that I engaged in misconduct 27 years ago.

They aren’t true. This never happened.”

While he says the sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations are “complicated,” he adds “two things are not complicated,” including allowing a woman to speak up when she comes forward with an allegation and “their stories should be subject to appropriate inquiry and scrutiny.”

Biden continued to say that there are “inconsistencies” in Reade’s story.

“She has said she raised some of these issues with her supervisor and senior staffers from my office at the time. They – both men and a woman – have said, unequivocally, that she never came to them and complained or raised issues,” Biden writes. “There is a clear, critical part of this story that can be verified. The former staffer has said she filed a complaint back in 1993. But she does not have a record of this alleged complaint.”

He went on to say that the personnel files are not kept at the University of Delaware but are rather at the National Archives. He then asked the secretary of the Senate to identify if there is any record of the complaint.

“If there was ever any such complaint, the record will be there,” he wrote.

“As a Presidential candidate, I’m accountable to the American people. […] People need to hear the truth.”

“I started my work over 25 years ago with the passage of the Violence Against Women Act,” he concluded. “As president, I’m committed to finishing the job.”

Reade is alleging that Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993. In April of 2019, she joined other women in accusing Biden of inappropriate touching, but in March of 2020, she publicly came out with her alleged story of what she says happened. In mid-April, several outlets published investigations into the allegation, and on April 27 Business Insider published two sources who corroborated Reade’s claim.

After there was initial silence from some about the allegation and endorsements from several Democrats, multiple Democrats broke their silence this week.

Among those included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who defended Biden, as well as former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

While some defended Biden, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) — who is reportedly one of the women being considered as Biden’s running mate — said in a podcast on Thursday, “Any woman who brings, or any man for that matter, who brings forward allegations of abuse, especially in the workplace, deserve to be listened to, and I certainly think that we need to thoroughly look at these allegations.”

“I think that the Biden campaign should address this issue, and they have been,” Duckworth added.

Responses

  1. Yeah Uncle Joe asked all the people that would be on his cabinet or involved in his presidency if they remember anything about allegations and what do you know. Nobody can even recall anything like this occurred in the Senate or at anytime. Why the very thought of a US Senator or Congress member ever doing anything wrong is abhorrent and anyone who would dare say such a thing should be hung. These people in Congress have never ever done anything wrong. Give me a break.

  2. Why are republicans so mean & ugly?! What has Biden ever done to America but serve – beginning well before most of the nasty people who have replied here were even born. This, while Trump was crying “bone spurs” – can’t go fight for my country. Trump has never had any moral or sexual screw ups in his career – right? (He just paid them off so they would go away) Why are so many people in this country backing a damaged, whore mongering, perverted liar like Trump and then act so appalled that there may have been (doubtfully) a single misstep by a true American like Biden. Take a look at his wife Jill and compare her with the hag making these allegations and use your head. And why is this surfacing after 27 years – I smell some very rich rats involved here trying to throw this election….

    1. Well, it may be news to you, but the accusations are coming from a Democrat, not a mean and ugly Republican. “And why is this surfacing after 27 years – I smell some very rich rats” Well, I guess you should be protesting the trials of Cosby and Weinstien. I guess sexual abuse allegations are OK, as long as they are against Republicans. Poor baby!!

      1. Yeah well you already voted for A man accused of multiple sexual abuse accusations including a 13 year old and who thinks it’s ok to grab women by th pu**y

    2. You ask a number of very naïve questions, Marilyn. Keep in mind that there is no way that I am a member of the American Fascist Party or the Cult-45 that support them.

      Aside from any of the recent allegations against Joke Biden, I have list of policy issues that make his record look horrible.

      Top of the list? His 1994 crime bill. It has allowed WAAAY to many of us to be needlessly incarcerated. That bill alone has devasated this country!

      His record on the Iraq war is worse than what used to be the Republican Party’s, which was pretty bad on its own, too.

      And don’t get me started on his record regarding student debt. Look at that, now you made me go there! Now I am angry again.

      So, yes, he might be better than the current mess sitting in the Oval Office, but this guy Biden has promised rich people that he will make no major changes and he has no interest in helping us get M4A, which we as a country desperately need. This pandemic has proved that.

      1. Yikes! A freebie voter with tertiary TDS.

    3. Somebody has a nasty case of TDS. Better brace yourself for Trump’s re-election. It’s coming.

  3. If Joe says it, it must be true. After all, he is a paragon of virtue and a Democrat. Forget about the fact that Biden’s history is sealed in boxes and kept in a secret location. We’ve never witnessed his inappropriate behavior. So now Joe, go back to what you were doing, running for the Senate in Ohio or Iowa.

    1. “kept in a secret location” John

      John is confused.

      The location is not really “secret”. As this article states, it is kept at the National Archives. Just because YOU can’t access it doesn’t mean that its location isn’t known.

  4. Let’s not forget that the claim of rape by Creepy Slow Joek is from a democrat. Joek needs the same lynching that Kavanaugh received. If not you democrats are lying hypocritical power hungry fascist scum. No offense

  5. he probably doesn’t remember although he did when he gave his papers to U. of Delaware & that’s why they are off limits. Reade has at last count 5 witnesses whereas that twit Ford had none but the Democrats believed her. Democrats obviously don’t realize what hypocritical bozos they are appearing

  6. There is one truly honest thing in his statement he doesn’t remember what happened because he doesn’t remember what happened yesterday let alone 27 years ago. It’s really odd how they wanted to execute Brett on mere accusations, and this is basically not even brought up at times downright buried. It’s also funny how the #Metoo flunkies aren’t slobbering at the mouth like starving wild dogs over Bidens accusers rights and she is clearly telling the truth before any investigation was even done.

  7. Where are the records of the time date and place of origin of the call into the Karry King show, whom Reade claims to be her Mother? Shouldn’t that shed some light on the timing and credibility of this allegation

    1. “Claims to be her Mother”? So you think it’s just a conspiracy? Have you ever SEEN the photos of Biden being inappropriate while he was on the taxpayers’ dime? Btw it’s who not whom.

  8. In his television interview with MSNBC he made the following statement: He continued, “Responsible news organizations should examine and evaluate the full and growing record of inconsistencies in her story, which has changed repeatedly in both small and big ways.”
    Why would he suggest ‘any’ news organization should look into this? As if to intimate that the media is thorough in their reporting. These allegations and Senate records and personal notes should be scrutinized before thay are mysteriously scrubbed. Where is the outcry from the #MeToo movement which champions Women’s rights to investigate Biden and Reade no differently than were during the unproven claims by Christine Blasey Ford against Bret Kavenaugh?

  9. Right, Unca Joe. We’re supposed to believe you because you said so when there is an on-air call, there are those to whom Tara had spoken years ago and they confirm her accusation. How come you DEMONRATS all but destroyed PRESIDENT Trump over something he said, and believed the money-grubbing females who “said” he overstepped his bounds despite no proof? How come we’re supposed to believe you while you DEMONRATS all but hanged Justice Kavanaugh on NO PROOF, none, nada, zilch. Doesn’t work that way, Unca Joe. We want all the 27-year-old records unsealed that are stored at the university.

  10. First of all, we are currently witnessing through AG Barr’s investigations that the government…(its workers) are great at deception. They can spin anything, but the truth generally shows up at some point. The one thing I keep asking myself is this. Why would Tara Reade subject herself to such scrutiny? The phone call from Reade’s mother to Larry King does exist. Based on that alone, SOMETHING did occur. Biden should not simple get to say it doesn’t happen and he can’t remember. All sarcasm aside, he seems to have memory issues. Final thought…if Tara Reade is bringing this out now because he is running for President, then shouldn’t it be fully investigated…you know…like those who accused Trump when he was running?

  11. Of course he is denying, that is the way of the democrats!! Do we really think he is going to come out and say, “Well, ummmm, yeah, I tried to bang her, even though I prefer little girls!!”…
    Come on now… If this was a republican being accuse, they would already have accused, tried and convicted them within days…..

    1. “Of course he is denying, that is the way of the democrats!!” Mary

      Mary is confused.

      That is the way of people with power. If given enough wiggle-room, thrn deny, deny, deny.

      If you are King Donald The Loser, you deny everything even when all evidence points to an allegation being true anyway, PLUS His Majesty will then threaten to sue.

    2. So you can’t believe he is denying the allegations?of course trump denied his allegations his as well. I don’t know how anyone that supports trump, the man with multiple sexual abuse allegations including a 13 year old and grabs women by the pu**y feels like they can comment on this

      1. Jama, all those accusations were BS. You obviously didn’t watch the video, just believed the news. Watch the video and try to comprehend. The 13 years old accusation was BS, dropped the day after the election. Democrat dirty tricks. But, of course, you exonerate Biden. Double standard!!

  12. Why on earth would the butt kissing dummycraps do anything other than bow at psycho Joe’s feet?

  13. Joe, you really should bail now, this is only going to get louder and more intense as we get closer to November….you don’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of ever being elected President of The United States….and even if you could manage to somehow cheat and weasel your way into The White House….IMPEACH!!! IMPEACH!!! IMPEACH!!! likely before the Bidens even attend the inaugural ball….NOW THERE’S A HISTORY MAKING EVENT….

    1. Absolutely, you pervert, no wonder Hillary is backing you, doesn’t she have a thing for perverts!! LOL

      1. If she had a thing for perverts she would have been pro trump sweetheart

  14. The Democratic Party is willing to eat their own when it is convenient to do so (Al Franken, a progressive heavy-weight). They had better stop playing politics with Joke Biden (a conservative Democrat) now!

    Gillibrand made her play on her way to getting set up for her presidential run and the party fell in behind her. There was no Ethics Committee investigation into the allegations against Franken. For the good of the Party, they drummed him out.

    If they don’t handle Joke Biden’s case more appropriately, this will blow up in their face.

    The American people will be faced for the second time in a row to chose between two toxic presidential nominees. We are screwed AGAIN!

  15. I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Reade. Ignore the fact that five people have contemporaneously coo-berated her story, that I’m keeping my senatorial records under lock and key, and that I sent a few staffers to go through those records the other day for unrelated purposes of destroying any record of a formal complaint that she filed. Also ignore that she was inexplicably reassigned and ultimately terminated form my employ as she claims to have been. Ignore that her deceased mother called into the Larry King show at the time and intimated that her daughter had been sexually abused by a Senator. Ignore that at least two of these witnesses that have come forward are staunch Democrats, including Ms. Reade herself, because this story is obviously a Republican witch hunt because Trump is afraid to face me head on for a push up battle. I’ve always maintained that women should be created equally and that they are endowed by, you know, the thing. she is a lying , dog faced pony soldier, man. Come on. They should do one of those luminol test kits to show that my fingerprints aren’t in her. I know a lot about roaches from Corn Pop, Man. I’m Sleepy Joe, and I approve this message.

  16. Well Joe…you’re comments and that of the rest of your sleazy supporters sound so much like those you mocked a few short months ago.

    Where’s the Me too clowns????

    1. Joe threatened to take them out back of the woodshed….they took off running

    2. Sleezy supporters? Yet you vote for a man who grabs women by the pu**y when they don’t want him 2-his words not mine 🤷🏼‍♀️

  17. How would Biden know? From his recent behavior, he probably doesn’t remember what he had for breakfast this morning.

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