Former Vice President Joe Biden doubled down on his denial of the previous Senate staffer Tara Reade’s sexual-assault allegation in his second TV interview with MSNBC.
“It is not true,” Biden instructed MSNBC’s Al Sharpton in a pre-taped interview that aired Saturday on “Politics Nation.”
“I am saying unequivocally, it by no means occurred. Interval,” Biden stated through the interview, which was taped Friday night.
Biden largely repeated his denial from the Friday morning interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” the place host Mika Brzezinski grilled him concerning the assault allegation and whether or not Biden will open up his data to look at for potential proof.
Biden on Friday referred to as for a search of the Nationwide Archives for any data which may pertain to allegations made in opposition to him by Reade, a former Senate aide — however he refused to approve an analogous search of his senatorial papers, that are presently saved on the College of Delaware and sealed from the general public, and might be till Biden is out of public life for 2 years. Biden stated these data wouldn’t have personnel recordsdata.
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However with some confusion over the place the personnel data can be saved, Biden then referred to as on the Secretary of the Senate to conduct a search.
The Trump marketing campaign panned Biden’s inaugural interview Friday morning as digging himself right into a deeper gap. When requested by Sharpton whether or not he needed to answer the Trump marketing campaign’s critique, Biden handed.
“I don’t wish to reply to them,” Biden stated.
However he took the chance to once more deny the evolving story from Reade, who claims Biden pinned her in opposition to a wall in 1993, put his hand below her skirt and penetrated her along with his fingers with out her consent.
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“Believing in ladies means taking a girl’s declare significantly when she steps ahead, after which vetting it, wanting into it,” Biden stated within the interview that was taped Friday night. “That is true in this case, as nicely. Girls have a proper to be heard and the press ought to rigorously examine the claims like these.”
“I would all the time uphold these rules. However in the long run, in each case, the reality is what issues. On this case, the reality is these claims are false,” he stated.
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Reade, a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stated final 12 months to a neighborhood newspaper that Biden put his fingers on her shoulders and rubbed his fingers up and down her neck.
Her story was largely buried within the context of the tales of seven different ladies who got here ahead to say Biden touched or kissed them in ways in which had been undesirable. Biden responded on the time saying he’d be extra respectful of individuals’s private area.
Now, this 12 months, Reade’s account dramatically escalated and he or she claimed Biden assaulted her. She says she was fired from Biden’s workplace after submitting a grievance with the Senate.
Reade instructed The New York Occasions that she reported the incident to 3 Biden senate staffers and filed a written grievance with a Senate personnel workplace on the time. The three staffers denied ever listening to issues from Reade. Neither Reade nor the Senate might produce a duplicate of any document of a proper grievance in opposition to Biden.
The Related Press reported Saturday that Reade initially instructed them final 12 months that she “chickened out” after going to the Senate personnel workplace in search of to file a grievance. In a brand new interview, she says she filed a restricted report with a congressional personnel workplace that didn’t explicitly accuse Biden of sexual assault or harassment.
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However over the course of the brand new reporting, stemming from Reade coming ahead in late March, a number of new developments occurred that gave oxygen to Reade’s account.
A “Larry King Dwell” clip from 1993 was unearthed that purportedly featured Reade’s mom calling in to the present anonymously and alluding to her daughter’s “issues” with a “outstanding senator.”
On Monday, two extra folks — a former neighbor and a former colleague of Reade’s — stated they remembered conversations they’d along with her again within the 1990s. One remembered her account of the alleged assault, and one other remembered her mentioning harassment, however not assault.
The AP has additionally spoken to 2 further folks, who spoke on the situation of anonymity to guard their households’ privateness, who stated Reade had instructed them about points of her allegations in opposition to Biden years in the past.
Fox Information’ Tyler Olson and the Related Press contributed to this report.