A Word from Biden on His Senate Records Could Shed Light on Tara Reade's Claims, So Why Won't He Give It?

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People are finally starting to take a little bit more of a look at the sexual assault allegations by Tara Reade against Joe Biden with the new evidence giving more credence to her story in the past week.

Reade said she had told multiple people about the sexual assault including her mother, a friend and her brother. Her mother died in 2016, but Reade told The Intercept that her mother had called into CNN about the incident after she told her in 1993. MRC found the video and Reade confirmed that the caller was her mother. While not mentioning the sexual assault, the caller mentioned “problems” her daughter had with a “prominent senator” that were press worthy.

Then a former neighbor came forward and said Reade told her about the sexual assault in 1995/6 and a former colleague said that Reade had told her about the incident of sexual harassment.

This has racked up the pressure on the mainstream media to respond.

Reade said she had complained about the sexual harassment at the time. But an intern did remember that Reade was removed from supervising them, just as she said after the sexual assault.

From Daily Caller:

Reade has said that she made harassment complaints to three Biden staffers, none of whom reportedly took action, and that she filed a written complaint with a “Senate personnel office” in 1993, according to The New York Times. Reade told the DCNF that she does not have a copy of this complaint, though she has attempted to track it down, and she believes her complaint is included in these records.

“You ended my career,” Reade told Biden on Tuesday through the DCNF. “You ended my job after you assaulted me. You claim to be the champion of women’s rights, but your public persona does not match your personal actions.”

Tara Reade has called on Biden to release his records from that time. “I would like to hold you accountable for what happened to me, to how your staff protected you and enabled you, bullied me multiple times into silence,” Reade said.

His Senate records are being held at the University of Delaware library but are being kept secret until he “retires from public life,” spokeswoman Andrea Boyle Tippett explained last year.

Tippett told the DCNF on Tuesday that the University of Delaware would not share the terms of the agreement between the university and Biden detailing why the Senate records may not be released.

“The gift agreement signed when the papers were donated is not a public document,” Tippett told the DCNF.

The collection of these documents fills 1,875 boxes and includes 415 gigabytes of electronic records, according to WaPo, containing committee reports, drafts of legislation and correspondence.

So here’s the problem for Biden. He could vitiate any agreement he made with the library and have the records released immediately. So it leads to the obvious question: why doesn’t he? What’s in those papers that he doesn’t want people to see? And that lends even more credibility to the idea that something is being hidden.