A former aide to U.S. Senator Joe Biden is urging House Republicans to investigate allegations made prior to the 2020 election.
Tara Reade, who claimed that then-Delaware Senator Joe Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993 while she worked for him, stated that she would be prepared to testify under oath regarding the incident.
Biden and several members of his staff initially disputed the allegations, but Reade persisted and refused to retract her initial accusations.
Both [Marjorie Taylor Greene] and [Matt Gaetz] know that I was a former Dem. I will never, ever vote Dem again. They know I am now independent. They don’t care about my political beliefs. They still want an investigation & justice into what POTUS did to me as a staffer in 1993. Whatever the outcome, I am grateful to them. Silence from [Me Too Movement] peeps,” she tweeted.
Both @RepMTG & @mattgaetz know that I was a former Dem. I will never, ever vote Dem again. They know I am now independent. They don’t care about my political beliefs. They still want an investigation & justice into what POTUS did to me as a staffer in 1993. Whatever the outcome,…
— Tara Reade 🐎 (@ReadeAlexandra) April 16, 2023
Now that the Republicans control the House of Representatives, Reade wants the party to launch a formal investigation.
“It would be a very different thing if I could testify under oath,” Reade said during an interview with the Daily Caller late last year, adding she is willing to “provide whatever information [Congress] needed and [Congress] could ask me whatever questions they wanted.”
“I think we need to have the conversation, instead of me being erased, and other women that were erased that tried to come forward,” Reade added.
Reade accused Biden of piercing her with his fingertips after pinning her against a wall in her initial account.
Biden vehemently denied the claim, according to Slate.
She said if they “had to go under oath, I think they would have to admit something very different.”
Reade also stated that she abandoned efforts to pursue the initial assault claim she made due to intimidation.
“I was 28 years old, it was scary to hear at the time. It was at the beginning of my political career, and it kind of shut me up,” Reade told the outlet.
In 2020, according to Slate:
Last year, Reade was one of seven women who accused Biden of touching them in ways that made them feel uncomfortable. Specifically, Reade told a local newspaper that while she worked in Biden’s Senate office in 1993, “he used to put his hand on my shoulder and run his finger up my neck.”
Then, beginning with a podcast interview with Katie Halper last month, Reade went public with a claim that Biden had cornered her in a “semi-private area like an alcove” between the Senate office building and the Capitol, pushed her against a wall, forcibly kissed her on the neck, and then penetrated her with his fingers.
Reade also stated that she was fired because of the harassment she endured in Biden’s office and that she submitted a formal complaint at the time.
Fox News reported at the time that Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, who succeeds Nancy Pelosi as House Democratic leader, said Reade was a “serious person” making “serious allegations” that needed to be thoroughly investigated shortly after she made her allegations ahead of the 2020 election.
“Multiple people have corroborated parts of Reade’s story since she first spoke out on March 25, 2020, but Biden and his campaign vehemently denied the claims,” the network reported.
Jeffries told WNYC at the time: “It’s got to be taken seriously because this is a serious allegation raised by a serious individual and needs to be investigated seriously. We’ve probably got to hear from him [Biden] at some point directly.”
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