On Sunday, while appearing on ABC’s “This Week” with Martha Raddatz, DNC Chair Tom Perez compared trying to acquire Joe Biden’s Senate records to the search for Hillary Clinton’s missing emails from her illegal private server.
Raddatz asked about former Senate staffer Tara Reade’s allegations against Biden and about the University of Delaware, which holds the records and has rebuffed requests to release them.
As the Daily Caller reports:
“Your communications director has called that idea ‘absurd.’ Why?” Raddatz asked.
“There’s been so many investigations of the vice president. The most comprehensive investigation of the vice president was when he was vetted by Barack Obama in 2008,” Perez responded. “I’m very familiar with the vice presidential vetting process. They look at everything about you. They looked at the entire history of Joe Biden, his entire career. And I’ll tell you, if Barack Obama had any indication that there was an issue, Barack Obama would not have had him as his vice president. Barack Obama trusted Joe Biden. I trust Joe Biden and those investigations have been done.”
Perez continued, saying that only policy documents and speeches would be in those records, as opposed to personnel matters, where Reade’s allegations would presumably be. Raddatz then asked if there anyway should be a simple search for Reade’s name.
“This is like the Hillary emails because there was nothing there,” Perez responded. “And the reason is … I worked on the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1995. The ranking member was Joe Biden. I wasn’t working for Joe Biden. I was working for Senator [Joe] Kennedy. If you want to see my personnel records, you don’t go to the Kennedy Institute. That’s not where they go. And so when you ask the University of Delaware to take a look at something, you’re asking them to look for something that doesn’t exist.”
Like Hillary’s emails? So, something that millions of voters care about? I don’t think Perez thought that one through.
If nothing actually existed, wouldn’t Perez presumably want everything searched and nothing found, thereby vindicating Biden?
These answers make Perez sound nervous. And whether Biden did what he’s accused of or not, the Democrats should be nervous. Because this still could be the death knell for his presidential aspirations.