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Former Vice President Joe Biden referred to as on the Nationwide Archives Friday to launch any document of a sexual harassment grievance made towards him by former aide Tara Reade, who says he sexually assaulted her in 1993. On the similar time, Biden declined as soon as once more to open up his Senate papers, housed on the College of Delaware, saying that they wouldn’t comprise any data associated to Reade’s allegations.
“There’s a clear, crucial a part of this story that may be verified,” Biden stated in a Friday press launch. “The previous staffer has stated she filed a grievance again in 1993. However she doesn’t have a document of this alleged grievance.”
“There is just one place a grievance of this type could possibly be — the Nationwide Archives. The Nationwide Archives is the place the information are stored at what was then referred to as the Workplace of Honest Employment Practices,” Biden continued.
“I’m requesting that the Secretary of the Senate ask the Archives to determine any document of the grievance she alleges she filed and make obtainable to the press any such doc. If there was ever any such grievance, the document will likely be there.”
Reade has stated that she filed a grievance about sexual harassment in Biden’s workplace, however “didn’t complain formally” in regards to the alleged assault. Earlier than disclosing the sexual assault allegation, Reade was one in every of a number of girls who got here ahead final 12 months to accuse Biden of sexual harassment.
“I talked about what was witnessed, and the final environment of the workplace, the best way I used to be handled,” Reade informed podcast host Katie Halper in March. “As a result of I might see him at conferences and he would principally put his palms on me, put his palms on my shoulder, run his fingers on my neck… He was very handsy with lots of people. However like I’ve stated within the press earlier than, it made me really feel like an inanimate object.”
In a Friday morning interview on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe,’ co-anchor Mika Brzezinski repeatedly pressed Biden about his Senate papers, which he gave to the College of Delaware. Biden denied that any details about the grievance can be in these papers, and instructed that what’s in his information could possibly be used as “marketing campaign fodder.”
“There’s plenty of speeches I’ve made, positions I’ve taken, interviews that I did abroad, all of these issues associated to my job,” Biden says of the content material of his assortment. “And the concept that [his Senate papers] would all be made public in actual fact whereas I used to be working for public workplace, they could possibly be actually taken out of context.”
The College of Delaware stated on Thursday that it’s nonetheless curating Biden’s papers, a course of that isn’t anticipated to be accomplished till 2021, and received’t launch them till two years after Biden retires from public life.
“The Nationwide Archives is the one place there can be something having to do with personnel information,” Biden reiterated on Friday morning. “There aren’t any personnel information within the Biden papers on the college.”
When requested why he wouldn’t approve a search of Reade’s identify within the college’s information, Biden repeated that “they aren’t there. I don’t perceive what level you’re making an attempt to make.”
“The fabric within the College of Delaware has no personnel recordsdata, but it surely does have plenty of confidential conversations… that that will not be one thing that will not be revealed whereas I used to be in public workplace or looking for public workplace,” Biden stated.
“I’m simply speaking about her identify, not anyone else,” Brzezinski stated. “Why not do a seek for Tara Reade’s identify?”
“Who does that search?” Biden requested. Brzezinski instructed the college itself, or a fee. “Look, Mika,” Biden replied, “she stated she filed a report, she has her employment information nonetheless… if the report was ever filed, it was filed there. Interval.”
Cowl: On this March 12, 2020, file picture, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in regards to the coronavirus in Wilmington, Del. Biden has received Wyoming’s Democratic presidential caucus. (AP Photograph/Matt Rourke, File)