Biden Accuser Says Sealed Senate Papers May Contain Evidence Against Him
Newark, DE – The woman who has accused former Vice President Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her when she worked as a Senate staffer in 1993 wants the Presidential hopeful to release his office records because they may contain proof of her allegations.
Tara Reade, who recently filed a police report in Washington, DC that accused Biden of pushing her up against and wall and penetrating her with his fingers when she worked for him, has claimed that the archival files may contain a copy of the complaint she filed against the senator at the time of the incident, FOX News reported.
"I'm calling for the release of the documents being held by the University of Delaware that contain Biden's staff personnel records because I believe it will have my complaint form, as well as my separation letter and other documents," Reade said Tuesday. "Maybe if other staffers that have tried to file complaints would come to light -- why are they under seal? And why won't they be released to the public?"
Thirty-six years of former U.S. Senator Biden’s (D-Delaware) documents are being kept under seal at the University of Delaware, ostensibly so they can be cataloged and released to the public, FOX News reported.
The Presidential hopeful donated the materials to the university in 2012 in the form of 1,875 boxes of pictures, documents, videos, files, and 415 gigabytes of electronic data, according to The Atlantic.
The materials were to be kept under seal until two years after the then-Vice President left “public office,” which should have been in January of 2017.
Initially, the University of Delaware said that it would take about two years to catalog the materials and said it was likely the papers would be ready for release when the seal was lifted, The Atlantic reported.
But when the time was up, the university did not release Biden’s documents, The Washington Post reported.
In fact, the University of Delaware waited until April 24, 2019 – the day before Biden announced his Presidential bid – to change the terms of the materials’ release.
The university announced that Biden’s papers would not be released until two years after he retired “from public life” rather than “public office,” or after Dec. 31, 2019, whichever was the later date, The Washington Post reported.
What that change meant was that U.S. voters and the media would not be entitled to know the finite details of Biden’s 36 years in the U.S. Senate before the Presidential election on Nov. 3, no matter what.
“The entire collection is unavailable,” University of Delaware Spokeswoman Andrea Boyle Tippett told The Washington Post. “Its contents will become available, as the website indicates, when Mr. Biden retires from public life.”
“As he is currently running for office, he is in public life,” Boyle Tippett added. “Since retirement for anyone, not just public figures, takes different forms, I can’t speculate beyond that.”
The university has refused to fulfill public records requests for copies of the original agreement Biden signed when he gave the school his documents, and any correspondence related to changes afterward, The Washington Post reported.
Boyle Tippett told The Atlantic she did not know whether Biden’s documents included personnel or staffing records, but the contents of other prominent former senators’ papers would indicate that those were part of the materials to be cataloged.
“A significant percentage [of the papers] remains uncataloged; therefore, it would not be possible to open the collection to the public now. In addition, the State of Delaware’s COVID-19 Stay-At-Home order means no processing is taking place and our library is closed,” Boyle Tippett told the Atlantic in an email.
A description of former U.S. Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy’s (D-Massachusetts) documents at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum said “staff files are a significant portion of the collection and reflect work done by the many individuals employed by Senator Kennedy.”
And former U.S. Senator Walter Mondale’s (D-Minnesota) papers in the Minnesota History Society contain intra-office memos and “current and former” personnel files, The Atlantic reported.
The attention to Biden’s former Senate office files is just the latest hitch in his Presidential campaign pegged around remarks the Presidential candidate has previously made about his support for the #MeToo movement.
The Intercept reported that Reade had reached out to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit in National Women’s Law Center, for help in January but was told they couldn’t help her because going up against a Presidential candidate could jeopardize their non-profit status.
The publication also unearthed footage of a woman she claims was her now-deceased mother calling in to the “Larry King Live” show on CNN to talk about her daughter being harassed by a prominent U.S. Senator the same year Reade claimed to have been sexually assaulted by Biden.
Almost simultaneously, two of Reade’s friends told The New York Times they remembered her telling them about the incident with Biden after it happened, FOX News reported.
Actress-turned-activist Alyssa Milano, who sat behind the nominee and made faces during U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, initially defended Biden against his former staffer’s allegations, the Washington Examiner reported.
But then Reade lashed out at Milano during an interview with FOX News on Monday and accused the actress of being a hypocrite.
"I think we need to compare how she responded to Brett Kavanaugh... quite different than the talking points she [used] regarding Joe Biden," the former Biden staffer said. "She never reached out to me. I don't really want to amplify her voice because I feel like she hijacked my narrative for a while and framed it about herself... she knows nothing about it."
In the wake of the release of the Larry King video, Milano did an abrupt about-face late Monday night and tweeted her support for Biden’s accuser, the Washington Examiner reported.
Actress Susan Sarandon, also a prominent #MeToo activist who had earlier endorsed U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) for President, showed her support for Reade by tweeting out the Biden expose by The Intercept titled “New evidence supporting credibility Of Tara Reade’s allegation against Joe Biden emerges,” the Washington Examiner reported.
Biden’s campaign did not respond to FOX News’ or The Atlantic’s requests for comment on unsealing the former senator’s papers.