An attorney for Tara Reade, a former staff member for Joe Biden who has accused him of a 1993 sexual assault, has demanded the former vice president “immediately open up” his archives at the University of Delaware and hand over any documents that may contain records related to the case.
Reades attorney Douglas Wigdor, in a letter (pdf) to Biden on Monday, requested he “immediately open up” his “archives at the University of Delaware and authorize a search to determine whether they contain any records related to Ms. Reade, including, but not limited to, Ms. Reades request for counseling and/or documents related thereto.”
“Given that you have repeatedly made a blanket denial of any knowledge of any complaint made by Ms. Reade against you, I am sure you would agree that we all deserve to know whether there are, in fact, any records that corroborate Ms. Reades allegations in your archives, particularly in light of the secretarys present obstinacy,” the letter continued.
“To be frank, we cannot see any legitimate basis to preclude a simple search of the archives for documents related to Ms. Reade, and see no reason why an efficient, diligent, and fair search of the archives cannot be completed in short order.”
Reade filed a report with police on April 9, 2020 in which she said she was a victim of sexual assault, but did not name Biden. The court filing stated, “Subject-1 disclosed that she was the victim of a sexual assault which was committed by Subject-2 in 1993.”
She told The Associated Press that the former vice president and presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee pushed her against a wall in the basement of an office building on Capitol Hill in 1993 before sexually assaulting her. At the time of the incident, Reade was working for Biden while he was a U.S. senator representing Delaware, his home state.
Reade said she wrote and submitted accusations of workplace discrimination and harassment by Biden as part of a “request for counseling” form at the time, and believes her complaint is in Bidens Senate records, housed at the University of Delaware, The Hill reported.
Biden said in an interview with MSNBC last week that he would not authorize the release of his Senate records or allow them to be searched for mentions of Reades name as they could “be taken out of context.” The university has also said that it will not release the records until two years after Biden has retired from public life.
In a separate letter (pdf) on Monday, Wigdor urged the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Senate to reconsider its decision not to release personnel records due to confidentiality concerns after Reade previously Read More From Source