Joe Biden is the Democrats’ presumptive 2020 presidential nominee, but he’s also on thin ice with the American people on account of decades of his bad behavior.
First and foremost, there are the credible allegations of sexual assault against him, made public by former Biden staffer Tara Reade. Reade’s neighbor at the time of the incident has corroborated her story publicly, and a phone call made by Reade’s mother to Larry King Live also appears to bolster the claims.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden has categorically denied that any such complaint against him ever existed. If it did exist, it would be locked away in a stash of Senate docs that currently reside under lock and key in Delaware.
Now, as if to announce that they are perpetrating a cover-up, Biden’s team is being allowed to scour this trove of documents while journalists remain unable to view them.
Operatives with the presumptive Democratic nominee’s campaign accessed Biden’s records, which are housed at the University of Delaware, in the spring of 2019, just after he announced his candidacy for president in late April, Business Insider reported. The University of Delaware said no one has accessed them since mid-March, when the university library closed due to the pandemic.
Reade went public shortly afterwards on March 25 with graphic details of her claim. She alleged that in 1993 when she was a Senate staff assistant, she was told by a top staffer to bring Biden a duffel bag in a Senate building, and when she met with him he pinned her against a wall and penetrated her with his fingers while forcibly kissing her. In early April of last year, before he announced his run for the Democratic nomination, Reade alleged along with several other women that Biden had touched her inappropriately.
Biden deposited his Senate archive at the University of Delaware in 2012. Initially, the university promised to open the archive two years after Biden’s last day in public office. However, in April 2019 hours before Biden announced his presidential campaign, the university decided to keep the archive closed until December 31, 2019 or until Biden retires from public life.
Reade herself believes that this cache of documents can further corroborate her story, specifically proving that she did indeed file a formal complaint again Biden at the time of the incident.
Now that Biden’s team has had access, however, all bets are off.
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