Biden Denies Sexual Assault Allegation

  • “No. It is not true. I'm saying unequivocally it never, never happened and it didn't,” Biden said.
  • According to Reade, Biden “penetrated me with his fingers” in 1993 after she delivered a gym bag to him in a Senate building.
  • The 77-year-old Biden has recently been under pressure by people inside and outside the party to address Reade's accusation.

Joe Biden, the the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential candidate for this year’s election, denied Friday morning that he sexually assaulted a former US Senate aide in 1993. It was the first time that Biden, a former US Senator and Vice President, had referred to the accusation made by the former aide, Tara Reade.

Joe Biden is a candidate for President of the United States. He most recently served as the 47th Vice President, between 2009 and 2017, under President Barack Obama. Before becoming Vice President, Biden was a United States Senator from Delaware from 1973.

“No. It is not true. I’m saying unequivocally it never, never happened and it didn’t,” Biden said in an interview with MSNBC’s ”Mornig Joe” program, when asked about the accusation. It has also been denied by those working on Biden’s campaign team.

According to Reade, Biden “penetrated me with his fingers” in 1993 after she delivered a gym bag to him in a Senate building. She was a staff assistant in Biden’s office at the time. “When I pulled away, the anger kind of emanated from him,” Reade said in an interview with POLITICO. “He pointed his finger in my face and said, ‘You’re nothing to me. You’re nothing.'”

The 77-year-old Biden has recently been under pressure by people inside and outside the party to address Reade’s accusation. In addition to his take on the matter on “Morning Joe,” Biden has also released a detailed statement in regard to the issue. Part of the statement reads thus:

While the details of these allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault are complicated, two things are not complicated. One is that women deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and when they step forward they should be heard, not silenced. The second is that their stories should be subject to appropriate inquiry and scrutiny.
Tara Reade is a former staff assistant in Joe Biden’s Senate office with responsibilities such as supervision of the office’s interns and mail delivery. She is currently a writer from Nevada County, California, who helps run nonprofit organizations.

He continued, “responsible news organizations should examine and evaluate the full and growing record of inconsistencies in her story, which has changed repeatedly in both small and big ways.” Biden’s statement adds, “but this much bears emphasizing.”

She has said she raised some of these issues with her supervisor and senior staffers from my office at the time. They — both men and a woman — have said, unequivocally, that she never came to them and complained or raised issues. News organizations that have talked with literally dozens of former staffers have not found one — not one — who corroborated her allegations in any way. Indeed, many of them spoke to the culture of an office that would not have tolerated harassment in any way — as indeed I would not have.

Biden has also said that he is not going to question Reade’s motive, and that he did not know why she made the complaint.

Reade’s accusations were published by several newspapers, including The New York Times and The Washington Post, which also interviewed a friend of Reade who reported that she had told him about the assault. Another friend told the Times that Reade revealed the situation to him in 2008. Reade’s brother also confirmed parts of his sister’s allegations.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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