Biden Denies Sexual Assault Allegations – Still Refuses to Release Records
After going thirty-seven days without being asked about Tara Reade’s allegations of sexual assault, Joe Biden finally addressed them this morning during an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
Had he not come forward to address them, who can even imagine how many more weeks would’ve gone by where everyone in his circle (except for Biden himself) would be asked about them?
Biden denied the allegations during this morning appearance, saying “No, it is not true. I’m saying unequivocally it never, never happened and it didn’t. It never happened.” While none of us were expecting anything other than a denial, Biden did make it clear that he had no interest in making it possible for the allegations to be objectively examined through his Senate records.
As Red State notes:
What really caught my ear was his comments on the sealed records which currently reside at the University of Delaware. When asked about why he won’t just make them public, or at the very least search for Reade’s name, this was his response:
Full exchange on Biden saying he won't release his Senate records at the Univ. of Delaware —
"The idea that they would be made public while I was running for public office, they could be taken out of context … they could be fodder." pic.twitter.com/tUOGBBttOd
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 1, 2020
Biden found those records concerning enough that he sent operatives to search them in March, with the indication there being that they could already be compromised.
Biden’s answer essentially boiled down to saying “my public records are irrelevant to me – a person running for public office.” Really.
Biden expressed “concern” that things would be taken out of context if records for released. When host Mike Brezinski pointed out that it would be possible to simply do a search for Reade’s name in the records without releasing all them to the public, Biden repeated the same “out of context” talking point, dodging the question. When pressed further Biden went speechless before cobbling together an incoherent response.
As for what took him so long to deny the allegations in the first place, your guess is as good as mine (but I think we have the same hunch).