As the American people continue to look ahead to the 2020 election, some major questions are looming about the viability of Joe Biden as a candidate, despite the fact that the Democrats have already hitched their wagon to the former Vice President.
Biden has been credibly accused of sexual assault by a former staffer named Tara Reade, and Reade’s story has been corroborated multiple times by a number of friends and family members who recall her harrowing tale of a 1993 encounter with then-Senator Biden.
The Biden campaign has reached out to the Senate documentarians in order to assess whether or not a formal complaint from Reade exists in the chamber’s archives, but they’re not getting the answers that they hoped for.
The secretary of the Senate on Monday said her office cannot comply with a request by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to order a search for a purported complaint made by the woman accusing him of sexual assault when he was a senator.
In a statement, Julie Adams said their legal counsel has reviewed the relevant statute governing such records and advised that “the Secretary has no discretion to disclose any such information as requested in Vice President Biden’s letter of May 1.”
The statement cited the law’s confidentiality requirements and past Senate guidance.
“Based on the law’s strict confidentiality requirements (Section 313) and the Senate’s own direction that disclosure of Senate Records is not authorized if prohibited by law (Senate Resolution 474, 96th Congress, Section 3(a)), Senate Legal Counsel advises that the Secretary has no discretion to disclose any such information as requested in Vice President Biden’s letter of May 1,” Adams said.
A new inquiry has been launched by the Biden campaign in the interim, simply asking the Senate Secretary whether or not they can confirm that such a document even exists at all.
Biden has been facing increasing calls to step down as the presumptive nominee on account of the incident.
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